Surber cannot be beaten: O’Fallon wrestler wins Senior National Championship

Apparently, a state championship was not enough for senior Keith Surber.

On March 27-28, Surber competed in the prestigious National Wrestling Championships, held in Virginia Beach, Va. Surber won all five of his matches to capture the Senior National Championship in the 130 weight class.

In his first two matches, Surber defeated state medalists from New Jersey and Pennsylvania by a combined score of 30-3.

In his next match, Surber dominated Chad Strube, a two time Maryland State Champion.

After defeating Strube 10-1, Surber advanced to the semifinals to take on Louis Trajillo, one of the most decorated wrestlers in the tournament.

Trajillo, a four time New Mexico State Champion, was ranked second in the country coming in to the tournament. He, too, lost to Surber.

In the championship match, Surber defeated Levi Wolfensperger 5-3 to claim the Senior National Championship. Wolfensperger was voted the Outstanding Junior Wrestler in last year’s National Championship and had a career record of 170-4.

Surber finishes his high school career as the best wrestler to walk the halls of OTHS.

When asked if he had any words of advice to underclassmen wrestlers, Surber said, “Keep training hard and do off-season wrestling. It’s a huge step.”

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