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Ironwood Ridge wrestler Danny Vega had a stellar summer, winning three big time national tournaments, including two last weeks.

Vega won the 106-pound championship at the USAW Junior Men’s Freestyle championships over the weekend in Fargo, North Dakota. Vega went 6-0 at the event and had little trouble in the event, getting five wins via technical falls, by a combined score of 63-10. He won his first round match against Brendan Coughlin via pinfall in just 30 seconds.

Four days earlier he won the USAW Greco Nationals. It wasn’t quite as easy, but most of his wins were lopsided. He opened the tournament with a bye, then beat Izaak Grubbs via an 11-0 technical fall. He pinned his next two opponents, both in 2:44 or less.

The semi-finals saw him earn an 8-4 decision, then in the championship he beat Todd Small of Georgia 7-2.

For Vega it was the triple crown of titles. Back in April he won the Folkstyle Nationals in Iowa. Again, he was dominant. He won all three of his matches by either technical fall or major decision and outscored his opponents 44-1.

His run this year has been quite remarkable. Since December he was wrestled in nine tournaments, including the Arizona state high school championships and won eight of the nine tournaments. All told he is 57-5 on the year. 

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