Rock Ridge’s Grant Benz leaves it all on the mat

Virginia sophomore has come a long way after more than 40 surgeries stemming from life-threatening birth defects.

DULUTH — Grant Benz sat on the floor at the Cloquet High School gym looking awfully bored, his back against the wall as his Rock Ridge teammates took on Pierz Feb. 7 as part of a wrestling quadrangular.

Benz wanted to be out there wrestling but instead was wearing street clothes due to knee soreness. It was hard for him to sit and watch and cheer.

“We all want to win,” he said.

For Benz, though, this is nothing new. The Virginia sophomore has been dealing with health issues his entire life. Continue reading at →

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