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Odden achieves goal of state title his senior year

Takes 2nd at national wrestling competition

May 2, 2011
By Terri Kelly Barta

Zach Odden, who wrestled for Rugby from elementary school through his sophomore year of high school, earned a second place finish in a national wrestling competition in Iowa last week. He had to wrestle four other states' champions to get to finals.

The Central Cass senior completed the final season of his high school wrestling career by reaching his goal of a state heavyweight championship in February of 2011.

"I had a great career and went out on a high note," said Odden.

He is the son of Dana Lemar and Brian Odden, both of Rugby. He has two younger brothers, Breyton, and Jace. His foster parents are Travis and Tami Lemar, Casselton.

Odden said he has been wrestling since he was four years old. He comes from wrestling families on both sides. His uncles and his grandparents have had the most influence on him.

His uncle Travis has been his coach the last two years. When he wrestled for Rugby, he was coached by Ken Higbee and Craig Zachmeier. All contributed to his wrestling career.

"I placed twice in the state for Rugby," said Odden.

He wrestled at 215 lbs. for Rugby High School and for the last two years, he has wrestled at heavyweight for Casselton.

His specialty is the twister in which a wrestler twists his body around like a tornado or a twister and brings about a pin with the maneuver.

In addition to wrestling, Odden played football this year. In his free time he wrestles, eats, and plays video games.

The best advice he can give younger wrestlers:

"Wrestle in the off-season," said Odden. "That's how you get better."

Zach Odden will graduate from Central Cass High School in May. He has signed on to wrestle with Minnesota State University, Moorhead.



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