Washougal wrestler sees another part of the world
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The next time Tanner Baldwin is down on a wrestling mat, he is going to remember the people who helped him raise $4,200 to make it to New Zealand and Australia this summer.
“I want to thank the Washougal community and all the businesses that helped out. It really meant a lot to me,” Baldwin said. “I did a lot of training, a lot of fund raising and a lot of plane travel, but it was definitely worth it in the end. I got to see a lot of cool places and meet a lot of cool people.”
The Washougal High School junior helped lead Team USA Red to fourth place at the Down Under Duals in Auckland, New Zealand. He teamed up with wrestlers from Arizona, Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana and other U.S. states. Baldwin also won a match in the single’s tournament that took place before the team duals. And finally, he wrestled on the beach in Brisbane, Australia.
“You didn’t have much traction on the sand, but it was fun and the weather was beautiful,” Baldwin said. “We also stayed in a penthouse on the 56th floor. The view from up there was incredible.”