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Webster, South Dakota, has produced a handful of recognizable national personalities.
Tom Brokaw, born in 1940, served as managing editor and anchor for NBC Nightly News from 1982-2004.
Born in 1977, Brock Lesnar won NJCAA and NCAA championships in wrestling before becoming UFC heavyweight champion and one of the most feared men in mixed martial arts.
Another name has been added: Logan Storley.
Last February, as a 171-pounder competing for Webster High, Storley became just the third wrestler in history to win six individual state wrestling championships; South Dakota?s Kirk Wallman and Alabama?s Michael Sutton also claimed six titles.
Storley, 42-1 as a senior, finished his high school mat career with an almost unbelievable 262-3 standard. And now to an already full trophy case has been added the Junior Dan Hodge Trophy for 2010-11, given annually to the top high school wrestler in the nation by the Amateur Athletic Union and WIN Magazine.
?It?s pretty fun to look back now,? said Storley, who did not lose a match to a South Dakota opponent from his eighth grade year through his senior campaign. ?Winning that first one ? it was a pretty exciting day and there was too much involved for me to really look ahead at the time.
?I?ve always loved wrestling, the physical nature of it, the combat, the 1-on-1. It?s all on yourself.?
?When (Storley) was 5 years old, I told his mom that he was a very gifted kid,? said long-time Webster coach John Schiley, a three-time South Dakota state champion. ?Brock (Lesnar) was the first product and Logan is the finished product. I?m looking forward to watching him the next few years at Minnesota.?
Schiley retired before Storley?s senior season, giving way to Wade Rausch.
After winning his fourth state title ? as a sophomore ? Schiley summed up his pupil this way:
?I know a little bit about how Albert Einstein?s teachers must have felt when you teach somebody that?s smarter than you are. And that?s kind of what he is now,? said Schiley.
?All those people need knowledge, those gifted people need knowledge. It?s what they do with the knowledge that makes them so gifted. And that?s what Logan is. He takes something that I teach him, and then he puts it into his routine and makes it so special that nobody else can emulate it or stop it.?
Storley?s final match for Webster resulted in an 18-3 technical fall over Dallas Jungwirth of Redfield/Doland. It also clinched a team title for the Bearcats, their first since 2006, the year Storley was a seventh grader winning his first individual title as a 103-pounder.
?When you?ve been there so many times it shouldn?t be a big deal, but it was a real pressure-cooker,? said Schiley of Storley?s state-title bout. ?When you?ve won 204 straight matches you don?t think about losing but since Logan had lost earlier in the year we really made sure we covered everything, wanted to make sure we hadn?t left anything out.? (His lone loss came to North Dakota-standout Preston Lehman. Storley was pinned in a headlock while leading 15-2.)
Storley, who will attend the University of Minnesota this fall, was the 2009 South Dakota Prep Boys Athlete of the Year; was named OW at the AAU?s prestigious Disney Duals in 2010; is a two-time NHSCA national champion; and claimed freestyle gold in 2010 two hours up the road in Fargo, N.D.
There was talk of Storley heading to Colorado Springs to focus on freestyle.
?I worked out there last summer,? said Storley.* ?We talked about it but it was going to either be Nebraska or Minnesota.* I never went to (Coach J Robinson?s) camp but I started following UM when Brock (Lesnar) was there.* I?m pretty sure I?m going to redshirt my first year.?
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Past Junior Hodge Winners
Year Name School 2011 Logan Storley Webster (S.D.) 2010 Logan Stieber Monroeville (Ohio) 2009 Chris Perry Stillwater (Oklahoma) 2008 Jason Welch Las Lomas (Walnut Creek, Calif.) 2007 Cody Gardner Christianburg, Va. 2006 David Craig Brandon (Florida) 2005 Troy Nickerson Chenango Forks (New York) 2004 Jeff Jaggers St. Peter Chanel (Bedford, Ohio) 2003 Mark Perry Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) 2002 Teyon Ware Edmond North (Oklahoma) 2001 Steve Mocco Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) 2000 Jesse Jantzen Shoreham Wading River (New York) 1999 Damion Hahn Lakewood (New Jersey) 1998 Shane Roller Bixby (Oklahoma)