IMBLER'S JOHNSON GETS THIRD WITH 14 STITCHES
Imbler's Daniel Johnson had to show a lot of toughness this weekend.
Of course, Johnson made his weekend tougher than it needed to be, but he came through with a third-place finish in his 171-pound weight division at the Muilenburg Tournament.
Johnson had to wrestle the entire two-day tournament with a huge bandage over his forehead and a smaller one over his nose to cover up two big gashes, which required a total of 14 stitches.
Johnson not only competed hard with the two wounds on his noggin, he won five matches over the weekend.
Johnson is a little sheepish in admitting how he got the wounds.
"I was head-butting the bleachers" at the La Grande gym, he said. He wounded himself 30 minutes before the beginning of the tournament, but got patched up in time to wrestle.
When asked if he would ever do that again, Johnson replied, "not on purpose."
Johnson said the wounds hurt him all weekend and he had some dizziness after he hit his head. The bandage over the cut on his nose also affected his vision, he said.
It didn't help that some of his opponents seemed to make a point of going after the areas that were injured. "That's OK. That's wrestling," he said.