Granite Bay's Loder continues to impress

By: Staff Report
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Continuing to build on his impressive wrestling resume before heading off to take to the mat at Northern Iowa University on a full-ride wrestling scholarship, Granite Bay’s Ryan Loder will be back in action this weekend in Brentwood. The Granite Bay High senior will wrestle at 189 pounds for the Sacramento Area Wrestling Association all-star team at the California State Association Duals Championship that began Friday and continues through Sunday. Loder was on the team a year ago as it won both the Greco-Roman and freestyle championships at the same event. After battling injury and fighting his way to a fourth-place finish at the state high school finals, the former Grizzly football star has continued to impress on the mats. Earlier this month, he finished fourth at the National High School Senior Championships in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Loder won six of his eight matches at the event, which features a strong field comprised largely of high school state champions. He beat his first opponent 10-1, and then pinned his second opponent before winning an 18-2 decision in match No. 3 to earn NHSCA All-American status for the third time. The fourth match was against Derrick Borlie of Virginia, who knocked Loder out of championship pursuit with a narrow 8-6 decision. Borlie was the eventual champion at 189 pounds. “Ryan did an awesome job at the national tournament,” said Granite Bay coach Mike Lynch. “Ryan gave the eventual winner of the tournament his best match. Late in the match, with his opponent trying to stall out the match by lying on the mat, Ryan cut him in hopes of scoring a takedown and near fall, but there just wasn't time. That wrestler was able to advance on to the finals where he pinned his opponent. By far, his toughest match came against Ryan.” Loder proceeded to win three more matches to reach the third-place final, which he lost to Boaz Beard of Kansas. “We all are extremely proud of Ryan and all he has accomplished this year, and over the past four years,” said Lynch. “He has ascended to a level of excellence that we wish for all of our athletes to aspire to, and he has shown what hard work and dedication can do.”