Hunter Ritter's year on the wrestling mat just keeps getting better.
The soon-to-be John Carroll School senior won a national championship in freestyle wrestling last weekend in Akron, Ohio, going a perfect 5-0 to win the 85 kilo (187 pounds) weight class at the FILA Cadet Nationals.
The title earns Ritter a spot on the United States National Team that will travel to Slovakia in late July to compete against other countries from around the world. Ritter is one of seven on the team and the only wrestler at 85 kilos.
"I definitely had a good tournament," Ritter said earlier this week. "Like anyone, I had my doubts. They didn't expect me to win."
But win is all he did. Ritter began with a 10-0 tech fall and then won 6-4 over the number five ranked wrestler in the country at 195 pounds. Ritter added another 10-0 tech fall in match three and then pinned to put himself into the final.
In that final, Ritter matched up against Samuel Colbray of Oregon. Colbray is the number one ranked wrestler in the country at 195 pounds. Ritter decisioned Colbray, 10-7.
"I wrestled one match at a time, and ended up coming out on top," Ritter said.
Ritter will head for the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 8 to prepare for his trip and competition in Slovakia. Ritter said he's been to the training center before, but did not train with the residents. This time he will.
It won't be Ritter's first time overseas for wrestling, either. It was just a few months ago he was in Romania, Ritter said.
With still another year of high school to finish, Ritter isn't sure what his future holds. Plenty of schools have been in contact with the talented athlete.
"I'll see what fits best for me," Ritter said about his future.