Photo by Becky Walz - Decorah Newspapers. New Hampton/Turkey Valley senior Austin Hemann puts the finishing touches on a pin.

NH/TV gets off on the right foot

Chickasaws smack Decorah in their NEIC opener, gain experience at Indee tourney

Be warned, New Hampton sports fans: If you sit next to Carson Babcock at an event and have extra food, you might not have it for very long.

The New Hampton/Turkey Valley junior has made a big jump, at least in wrestling terms, in weight this season. After competing at 138 a year ago, Babcock is now a 160-pounder, and he had a pretty good opening week as a big man — recording one of the Chickasaws’ eight pins in a 60-16 dual win over Decorah and finishing third at the prestigious Cliff Keen Invitational over the weekend in Independence.

“I got to be honest with you, I like it, it’s a lot easier to make weight as a big guy than it was as a little guy,” Babcock said after he opened the 2019-20 season with a 7-1 run, and then he added with a laugh, “Yeah, if you sit next to me with three pieces of pizza, I guess you’re giving me one.”

For more on this story see the December 10 Tribune.

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