While he is looking forward to wrestling at NDSU, attaining an education is also important to Aarness.
“I’m the first Aarness in my blood line to go off to college,” he said. “It’s a pretty huge accomplishment to me.”
Aarness’ coach at West and prior to that at the youth level on Team Champs, Jeremy Hernandez, is extremely proud of him.
“I’m excited tremendously for that kid,” Hernandez said. “I’ve been around him since he was young. He’s been working hard since he was 7 years old. That hard work is paying off and for him to be a Division I wrestler is pretty spectacular. It shows the hard work he’s put in to go wrestle at the DI level.”
“It’s nice to know the hard work we’ve both been putting in is paying off,” he said. “It shows the other kids, too, if you put in the hard work, you can go and do other things.”
At the CMR Holiday Classic in Great Falls over the weekend, Aarness placed second at 145 pounds to Avery Allen of Bozeman, losing 10-0 in the title match.
Allen is a three-time state champion.
Aarness said he is 0-2 this season against Allen, his old football teammate in grade school in Billings.
The NDSU commit said wrestling against the best competition will help him improve his game. Thus, Aarness welcomes the challenge of competing against Allen.
“I feel like it will always be a battle. At the same time, I won’t run from the challenge,” Aarness said. “If I run from it, it won’t make me any better. If I beat him, I beat him. If I don’t, I don’t. I don’t feel like I have too much to lose.
"I love competing against him. We played on the same youth football team before he moved to Bozeman. We are good friends."
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