Dempewolf Earns 3rd Straight State Title!
We caught up with 3x IHSGW State Champion, Riley Dempewolf. It’s been a whirlwind of a season for the junior wrestler, who just added another title to her already illustrious high school career. After besting the IHSGW field for the 3rd straight year, Riley’s USA Wrestling ranking currently stands at #4 nationally. McCutcheon head coach, Adam Metzger, has said that “The secret to her success on the mat is that she never misses an opportunity to get better.” It’s easy to see that the highly motivated junior has big goals to accomplish. Read more about her championship mindset and what it takes for her to get in the zone before a match…Here’s our Q & A interview with the State Champ:
Being the 3rd time in as many years, did it feel any different standing atop the podium at this year’s IHSGW State Finals?
RD:It was weird to be on top this year and not see my whole family and my friends. Only my Mom, Dad, and Coach Metzger were there this year so it was weird not having my whole support system there.
Do you have any superstitions or routines that are a must on match days?
RD: I’m at my best when I have my hair in double braids tied into a ponytail. It’s weird but without my hair like that, I feel more nervous than usual.
What is your go-to hype music before a tourney or a match?
RD: I always listen to really sad music before I compete. It’s weird, but it’s just what I’ve always done!
What would you credit as the key to your continued success?
RD:I would credit my coaches and my family. They always support me and go above and beyond to allow me to succeed.
What were some of the biggest challenges you faced this season en route to your 3-Peat as State Champion?
RD: The hardest part was the threat of quarantine. I was super worried all season about wrestling ending or just being quarantined and I was really grateful to be able to wrestle through it all.
Currently, you’re ranked #4 nationally in your weight class; What are your plans for Wrestling in this summer’s National Circuit?
RD: I’m really excited to go to National Tournaments this year. I have committed to a few in the Spring already so I can’t wait to see how they go.
Any thoughts about wrestling in the college ranks?
RD: I would really love to wrestle in college and I’m hoping that I can find the right school for my athletic and academic career.
Finally, anyone that you would like to shout-out or thank?
RD: I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of my coaches, my family, and my friends. They always support me and believe in me more than I do, I don’t know what I would do without them!