Lexington’s Fago to wrestle at Disney World for Nebraska National Team
KEARNEY – The Amateur Athletic Union held a competition at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 9 to decide the members of a Nebraska National dual team to represent the state in Florida later this year. A dedicated Lexington Wrestling star, Brady Fago, will make an appearance at the AAU tournament held at Disney World in June this year.
Fago, a Minutemen junior, is no stranger to big tournaments or tough competition. His third year of NSAA Wrestling is in the books and he has grappled and pinned his way to three state championship qualifications and is a two-time state medalist at the state championships. Fago has also been credited by Lexington’s 2018 state championship gold medalist Andy Rojas as an instrumental part of his success as his practice partner.
The point is: Brady Fago is one heck of a wrestler and he has a chance to show it at Disney World.
Fago, who wrestled the 2018-19 season in the 138 lb. weight class in the NSAA season, stepped into the 145 lb. division in the post season and entered the Nebraska State AAU tournament where he won three of his matches by fall.
Fago had a bye his first round at the AAU tournament Saturday, which led him to meet with Roberto Valdivia of Logan View. Fago pinned Valdivia in 3:40 to meet Daniel Elge of Aurora. Fago pinned Elge in 2:49 to move on in the bracket and next pinned Dalton Flibotte of Bellevue in four minutes.
With just two minutes to recover from his match with Flibotte, Fago went to the first place match for the grades 9-12 boys 145 lb. bracket, meeting Jeaven Scdoris of Milford. Scdoris won the match by 16-9 decision. Having earned second place, Fago qualified for the Nebraska National Team to compete in June.
Fago interviewed at the Clipper-Herald about his experience and his motivation for competing in the AAU tournament.
“Riley (Kopf), Jade (Wurth) and Trystan (Berry) all qualified last year,” Fago recalled, as he referred to his interest. “I’d never really had the interest or motivation to do the summer things. Coming up short, this year, I knew that I had to do some of the summer wrestling to get on top of next year.”
‘Coming up short’ for Fago is referring to taking a sixth place medal at the NSAA State Championships. For those who don’t realize the journey required for a sixth place medal, Fago had to overcome enough wrestlers to place in the top four at the Class B District 4 tournament, which had 12 entries, and then take a place in the top six of a bracket made up of the 16 best wrestlers in the state.
To make another point: This is not a small accomplishment.
Fago’s feeling that his sixth place medal was ‘coming up short’ at the state championships shows his personal standard of excellence and that he expects more of himself, an uncommon attribute that is more common in the Minutemen Wrestling program than most.
Though his motivation is to be a better wrestler, Fago is excited for the peripheral opportunities that the trip will afford.
“It feels good, I’ve never been on a vacation, really,” He said with a smile. “My family’s not really much for vacation people but I’m ready to go.”
Fago said he may not ride the famous ‘spinning tea cups’ ride but he plans to hit some water parks and rollercoasters.
Fago will also be wrestling this weekend, on Sunday, March 17, for the USA Wrestling Nebraska dual team at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island. If he qualifies there, he will compete at a national competition in Indiana in April.