LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
11-year-old Riley McBryde and 7-year-old Johnny McBryde competed at the Asics Kids Nationals in Orem, Utah for Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestling.
Both boys placed sixth in the nation in the freestyle 45 pound Bantam age group, and fifth in the Nation in 65 pound Novice age group, earning All-American status.
They began training just two short years ago at a new USA Wrestling Eaglesnest Wrestling Club in Lubbock.
Riley talked about competing on such a high level at a young age.
"I wrestled 65 (pounds), it was a really hard competition", Riley said, "I usually wrestled 70, and the 65 people I would wrestle would be kind of easy because they would be lighter. This was a way bigger challenge. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot."
Johnny followed in his older brother’s footsteps when he began wrestling and compares wrestling to other sports he competes in.
"My dad said wrestling is kind of like football", Johnny said, "When you are wrestling you can attack and in football you can attack."
Clayton, Riley and Johnny's father, said he is equally surprised at how quickly the boys have found success in all the sports they have played.
"They've only been wrestling this style two years and most of these kids start when they're 4", Clayton said. "So the oldest is 11, they had a lot more years on him. He started when he was 9. Johnny just started this and it's his second year too. It was really amazing to watch my kids wrestle against kids who have Olympians as their coaches and we're just teaching them here in Lubbock at a little gym and we're at that competitive level with the rest."
Riley and Johnny are also members of the Hub City Steelers, a Pop Warner Football team who won the PeeWee Regional Championship in 2013.
Both boys are active in multiple sports and continue to pursue success in all levels of competition. Wrestling is just one of the many physical talents these boys possess, and they hope to compete in nationals again next year.