KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: Geneva wrestler Mitch Bradberry

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

MITCH BRADBERRY

Geneva, Junior, Wrestling

Why Bradberry was selected: Qualified for this weekend’s 3A state tournament with a second-place finish at the Leyden Sectional at 182 pounds

Geneva junior 182-pound wrestler Mitch Bradberry navigated bouts with tendinitis in both shoulders to earn a berth in this weekend’s Class 3A state tournament in Champaign. He has wrestled through pain throughout his career, but, like anything, the Kane County Chroncle-St. Charles Bank & Trust Athlete of the Week has improved with experience. Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley spoke with Bradberry about his accomplishment. Here’s an edited transcript:

You were feeling good going into the year, but did you expect this?

I did not expect this at all. I had kind of a rough year with some of my injuries and stuff. ... I also lost to some kids I shouldn’t have lost to, I think. But yeah, it’s really exciting to get down to state.

When did your tendinitis come along?

I’ve had it since freshman year, and it just progresses, and it’s just never-ending pain. … I have it in both shoulders. It just shoots down in my hands, so it’s tough to battle with, but I [manage].

Who will you have in the room with you this week?

Yeah, I’ll be in there with Austin Chaon. He’s a great guy, great partner, great wrestler. Jake Andersen will probably be in there. Mike Huck. Some of those guys.

How will you treat this state berth with your brother [former Geneva wrestler Nick Bradberry]?

He actually didn’t [qualify during his career]. He was 152 senior year, had alot of ranked guys in his bracket. He always qualified for sectionals, but didn’t make it down, so I get to rub it in his face a little bit.