HS Wrestling: Special Bond In Henderson State Title

By Jamie Vaske-Associate Director of Sports:

113# Junior Brock Henderson of North Linn is greeted by his father Larry (Right) and head coach Brad Bridgewater (Left)
113# Junior Brock Henderson of North Linn is greeted by his father Larry (Right) and head coach Brad Bridgewater (Left)

When North Linn junior Brock Henderson won the 113 pound state title this past Saturday night, he looked to the corner and saw the same coach he has seen since he began wrestling, his father Larry. Brock was making his third trip to the state tournament and after failing to reach his ultimate goal by finishing 4th as a freshman in 2014 and 3rd last season he decide to focus all of his attention on wrestling:

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Brock’s father Larry has been a long time assistant coach for the Lynx and talked about the ups and downs not only as a coach but as a father watching his son come up short of his dreams at last years state meet:

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This season those dreams came true as Brock claimed the class 1A state title by going 4-0 in the three day tournament defeating the wrestlers who finished in 3rd, 4th, and 6th place before knocking off 3rd ranked Jeremiah Colon of Mason City Newman 4-3 in the championship match. Brock explains the feeling of winning the state title and getting greeted by his dad in the corner afterwards:

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With time running out and Brock having the match in hand Larry’s emotions set in with some impromptu celebrations because he knew that all of his son’s hard work had paid off:

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Brock enjoyed watching the video of his dad’s celebration, but it also holds a special meaning to him:

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More audio clips from Brock and Larry below:

Brock on his first round opponent:

Brock on First Round Opponent

On his performance in the tournament:

Brock on his performance in the tournament

On Jeremiah Colon in the finals:

Brock on his finals opponent

On his goals moving forward:

Brock on his goals moving forward

Larry on coaching Brock:

Larry on coaching Brock

On Brock’s work ethic:

Larry on Brock’s work ethic