Full of grit and grind: GMLOS Bulldogs are back in the state wrestling meet

GRAND MEADOW — If it was a Friday night in the fall, there is a good chance that Grand Meadow junior Daniel Smith would be doing everything he could to keep Southland junior Noah Sayles from winning, but when it’s wrestling season, Smith and Sayles are intense partners in practice and strong supporters of each other on match days.

That attitude has paid off this season for Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Southland as the Bulldogs have clinched their first trip to the Minnesota Class A State Wrestling Team Meet since 2005.

Smith, a 160-pound junior, also played on the state qualifying Grand Meadow football team this past fall and he’s thrilled to be competing in his second straight state completion this winter. No. 5 seeded GMLOS will take on No. 4 Blue Earth at 9 a.m. in Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Feb. 27.

“It’s great. We work hard every day, harder than all of the other teams (in our section). We proved that,” Daniel said. “We’re all good athletes and we just come together as a family during wrestling season.” Continue reading at austindailyherald.com