By Nixon Suddens
I flew down to Dunedin with my family and teammates to compete at the New Zealand National Wrestling Championships on the 2nd and 3rd of October at Taieri College. While this was just our third wrestling competition of the year, we normally compete in 6 to 8 events, we have been training right through and at home during lockdown.
I competed in two divisions, placing 2nd in the Junior 17-20yo 65kg class and taking gold in the Cadets 14-16yo class. I was also awarded the Cadets trophy for “The Most Scientific Wrestler”.
My younger brother Alex won all his matches in less than a minute by pin taking gold in his 10-13yo division.
This was my 4th consecutive National Title since I started competing at Nationals in 2015. I really enjoyed this competition because I had the opportunity to wrestle against opponents from the South Island that I had never faced before.
My next wrestling goal is selection for the NZ Oceania team early next year in American Samoa and I have aspirations to go to the next Youth Olympics in 2022.
We also compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and still have a couple more competitions left till the end of year to keep us busy.
Nixon Sudden is 14 years old. He is Year 10 at Kelston Boys High School. Alex Sudden is 13 years old and is at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate. Both boys are past students of Blockhouse Bay Primary School.