Healdsburg wrestler Hendrickson keeping busy

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Healdsburg’s Adam Hendrickson, the Empire’s Wrestler of the Year as a sophomore, has kept busy since finishing seventh in the state at 135 pounds in March.
In May, Hendrickson won his weight class the California USA Wrestling Junior Greco-Roman Championships and qualified for the California National Team. He went 7-1 while competing at the California Association Duals in Los Angeles in May, beating Selma’s Nick Pena, the defending state champion at 130 pounds, in the process.
In June, he was on the California Junior Duals team that competed in Oklahoma City and went 10-3 to help the team, competing against 39 other states, finish eighth in Greco-Roman and 10th in Freestyle.
Finally, in July, he competed at the Junior National Tournament in Fargo, N.D. He won his first two matches, but suffered a concussion and back injury in his third match and had to injury default out of the tournament.
Hendrickson, who will play football in the fall, has the potential to be recognized as one of the top wrestlers in Empire history.
He is already the only underclassmen from the Empire to earn a top-eight finish at state.
Based on his sophomore year, and his offseason, he seems to stand a good chance to become the fifth Empire wrestler to win a state title.