Mason Moreno, middle, is welcomed by classmates, Hayfield staff and community on Sunday afternoon at Uncle Mony’s Restaurant after winning the second place State Championship in Wrestling in the 132 pound weight class. With Moreno are his coaches Shane Masching and Brad Heydt. Hedyt has coached Moreno since third grade.
Photo by Tara Lindquist
By Tara Lindquist
Mason Moreno was welcomed back to Hayfield on Sunday afternoon with a celebration at Uncle Mony's.
Moreno took second place in the 132 pound weight class at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament. This was Moreno's third trip to the state tournament, going for the first time as an 8th grader and as a 9th grader the second time. Moreno missed the entire season of wrestling during his sophomore year because of a torn ACL, MCL and a torn meniscus. This is the first time Moreno placed at the state tournament. "I wish it would have gone a little better," Moreno said Saturday afternoon. "But overall I'm pretty happy." Moreno lost in the finals match 6-4 to Quentin Berris of the Kimball Area. Moreno narrowly defeated Jason Meyer of Sibley East 4-3 to get to the finals.
Wrestling coaches Shane Masching and Brad Heydt said Moreno has been a hard working and dedicated wrestler and they both are very proud of his accomplishments. Heydt has been Moreno's wrestling coach since he was in third grade. "He's been a great kid to coach," Heydt said.
"He's also a very respectful kid," Masching said. "He's very thoughtful." Heydt said Moreno got up at 5:30 one morning and made the entire junior varsity team breakfast burritos. "It was my wrestling partner's birthday so I got up to make him breakfast," Moreno said. "I had extra time so I did it for the whole team."
Moreno will graduate in the spring and, as of right now, plans on attending RCTC next fall. He has no plans on continuing his wrestling career into college. "I have bad knees," he explained. "I think I may be done wrestling."