Tanner Sloan, a two-time state champion from Alburnett who now wrestles for South Dakota State, took second at the 2018 Midlands Championships. Cody Goodwin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanner Sloan’s year just keeps getting better.
The Alburnett graduate’s redshirt year at South Dakota State, where he went 24-2 at 197 pounds, was punctuated by a trip to the finals of the Midlands Championships in December, wherein he defeated Iowa’s Jacob Warner by technical fall.
Sloan continued his run at the UWW Junior men’s freestyle national championships in April, where he placed second. Then, a month later, he stormed through the world team trials to make the UWW Junior men’s freestyle world team.
On Friday, Sloan was in Guatemala City for the Junior Pan-American Championships, and he blew through the competition once again to win the gold medal, going 4-0 to win at 97 kilograms (213 pounds).
Sloan displayed the same kind of domination he showed last month when he made the Junior world team. He recorded two technical falls, one pin, and a fourth victory by injury default. He outscored his three contested opponents by a combined 28-2.
His efforts were part of a dominant showing by the United States’ junior team, which secured eight gold medals in the men’s freestyle competition, and 13 total gold medals overall in the tournament (three in women’s freestyle, and two in Greco-Roman).
With each dominant showing, expectations will rise. Sloan is slated to compete at the Junior world championships in Estonia in August. After that, he’s expected to contend for South Dakota State’s starting spot at 197 for the 2019-20 season.
Tanner Sloan has produced an incredible year so far, and it’s setting the stage for an exciting future, too.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.