Folkerts starts season strong after missing last year

Hampton-Dumont's Wyatt Folkerts dominates his Forest City opponent on his way to his third fall in the Bulldogs' opener on Thursday, Nov. 30. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

HAMPTON – This time last year, a literal bad break for Hampton-Dumont’s Wyatt Folkerts kept him from the wrestling mat and leaving the usually busy kid with more time on his hands than he’d like.

The broken leg he suffered in the first weekend tournament gave the now-junior 220-pounder with plenty to think about.

He came out in the first Hampton-Dumont triangular like a house on fire, pinning all three of his opponents from Fort Dodge St. Edmond, Algona and Forest City to start the 2017-18 season 3-0 while the team went 1-2.

 “I lost a lot of time,” Folkerts said after the night was over. “I’ve got to make up for it. I’ve got to get after it this year.."

The full story appears in the Dec. 7 print and online editions of the Hampton Chronicle.