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Courtney eyes tourney return

Bulldog of the Week



Grangeville’s Blake Courtney worked his way into the third-place match at the George Wild wrestling tournament held in Kellogg before the holidays, and now he has even more work cut out for himself.

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Blake Courtney

“The season was going good until I separated my shoulder,” he said Dec. 14. “I should be able to return a couple of weeks before districts. We have a couple of weeks off before our next tournament, so with that and physical therapy, I should be back pretty soon.”

The injury won’t stop him from running — so he said he’ll be able to keep up with some of the conditioning exercises during the break — thanks to a special sling.

“It wraps around my waist and pins my arm to my body, so it allows me to do that without too much pain,” he said. “So I’ll be able to keep my lungs in good shape.”

Before the season, he had set his sights on making it to the state tournament and, he said, “becoming the next state champion, hopefully.”

He said he’ll have to take his recovery time “slow and safe” but said he thinks his preseason goals are still reachable.

“While I’m on the sidelines, I’ll be watching my opponents and seeing what I can do to capitalize on the mistakes they make,” he said.

He got caught in a throw late in the third-fourth place match at Kellogg.

“He threw me twice, and I landed on my shoulder,” he said. “It popped out and popped back in. It pops, and then your arm goes numb.”

The Grangeville wrestlers will be back in action this Friday, Dec. 29, with a trip to Pomeroy. Then they’ll visit St. Maries on Jan. 5.

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