Cyclones’ Briggs walked off the street, into wrestling room

By Dylan Montz Staff Writer

When the calendar turned to November, Sinjin Briggs started to mentally prepare for the first winter in his memory that didn’t center on wrestling.

The Iowa State freshman, a two-time state qualifier at Gilbert, went through fall semester classes away from the sport he loved.

It didn’t feel right.

As he saw the Cyclones’ season get underway, the itch to get back on the mat became too much. He needed to get back into the sport somehow, and took a shot by sending coach Kevin Dresser an email.

“I got the feeling of, ‘What am I going to do? I’ve had wrestling all my life, and it’s not there,’” Briggs told the Ames Tribune. “I had thoughts of transferring out of Iowa State, then I saw some other guys left from the team and I was like, ‘Well, I can email Dresser. It would be cool to be part of that.’”

Briggs envisioned being part of the team, but in the four weeks since he came off the street and began practicing with ISU, he has ascended to the starter at 125 pounds and will wrestling in his first Division I competition this weekend at the Virginia Duals.

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