Standout Manitowoc Lincoln junior wrestler Zac Youngchild will miss the rest of the season after suffering a concussion during practice on Monday.
Lincoln coach, and Zac’s father, Jack Youngchild confirmed the news on Wednesday.
“I just feel devastated for him,” coach Youngchild said. “He puts in more hours of practice than almost anyone. He went to the doctor on Tuesday and wasn’t able to pass his baseline test which puts him out for regionals on Saturday, and the season.”
Zac Youngchild, who is 35-1 this season at 132 pounds, was considered a favorite to make State this season. While practicing on Monday, his sparring partner’s knee hit him in the back of the head, thus causing the injury.
The injury — though not as serious as originally thought when Youngchild complained about dizziness, tingling in the face and shortness of breathe — potentially wouldn’t have kept him out longer then a few weeks, but due to the timing, it won’t allow him the opportunity to advance to State.
“The timing of the injury isn’t something new to wrestling,” coach Youngchild added. “It’s just really unfortunate that it happened to Zac when it did. Had the concussion occurred last week his season might not be over. Now all that’s left is for him to put the motivation he’s feeling into next season.”