Cole Erickson ponders life beyond wrestling

By Matt Levins For The Predicament

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cole Erickson was supposed to be wrestling for a national championship this weekend, completing his senior season on the mat for Coe College at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at the U.S. Cellular Center.

Instead, the Mediapolis High School graduate was sitting in his apartment, trying to wrap his head around all that had transpired in the past 24 hours after the NCAA canceled all of its winter and spring championships because of the coronavirus outbreak.

And it left Erickson to ponder what the future holds, both short term and long term after his wrestling career came to an abrupt halt.

“(Thursday) was interesting, to say the least. I am still shell-shocked as to how everything played out,” Erickson said. “You feel like the carpet has been pulled out from underneath you, but there’s nothing you can do about it.”

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