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Porter Busy Grappling With Hectic Summer
Standout Oakdale wrestler Henry Porter, shown in action during the 2019 campaign, has had a busy summer and looks to return to the mats strong for his junior year with the Mustangs.

High school wrestling standout Henry Porter has had a summer full of wrestling and traveling. The soon to be Oakdale High School junior has been racking up miles, as well as experience. Porter, a California State Championship qualifier, hit the road this summer to compete and begin looking towards his post-high school career.

In early June Porter went to Michigan State for a camp and to get a close look at the campus.

“It was the beginning of June when I went to Michigan State. It was a great experience and I learned a lot from the guys during the workout,” he explained.

A few weeks later he competed in the Junior Duals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Porter entered the weekend at 132 pounds and went 6-1. His lone loss came when he moved up to 138 pounds. He helped his team place third overall in Greco and fifth overall in Freestyle.

“It’s exciting to compete out of state. The competition is amazing. Wrestling these guys out of state prepares me for the high school wrestling season and gives me a chance to stay in shape,” Porter noted.

He also participated in the Oklahoma State Camp in Gilroy.

“The clinic was great, run by some of the best wrestlers in the nation. I truly did learn from the best during the camp. Oklahoma State has some of the best wrestlers in the country and I was excited to learn from them. We have a similar wrestling style and it just made me a better wrestler I think.”

Porter’s summer is not over yet as he will be competing in the Freestyle Nationals Tournament in Fargo, North Dakota in July.

“It’s the toughest tournament in the United States. I’m ready and looking forward to it,” Porter said. “It will be a great way to cap off the summer. I love this sport and this summer has been great. It’s given me the opportunity to compete, travel and look into my future.”