Former Freedom wrestler Mason Hartshorn

Photo courtesy of Tony Uchytil

Former Freedom wrestler Mason Hartshorn will attempt to qualify for the 2020 Olympic games.

Since graduating from Freedom in 2017, Mason Hartshorn has not stopped wrestling.

In fact, Hartshorn will take his talents to the national stage this summer, with an eye toward an even bigger stage next year.

Hartshorn, who wrestles Greco-Roman at Northern Michigan University, has a busy summer ahead of him. Soon he’ll return to California to train with one of his coaches, Mark Halvorson. In July, he’ll head to Finland for a training camp and competition. Later in the month, Hartshorn will go to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to get ready for the World Championships, which will be held in Estonia in August. After a short break, Hartshorn’s focus will shift to qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“I’m going for the Olympics in 2020,” Hartshorn said. “Hopefully, I get a world medal or become a world champion. I’ll see what my results are. After that, I’ll fix my mistakes, tighten some things up and see what I need to do to get to that point to where I could go get on the Olympic team.”

Hartshorn’s current training routine has him working out two-to-three times a day. He noted that getting to his competition weight of 60 kilograms (132 pounds) is often the hardest part of what he does.

Hartshorn’s selection of Northern Michigan had a lot to do with wrestling Greco-Roman as opposed to freestyle. According to Hartshorn, that was initially suggested by Tony Uchytil, who works as a wrestling coach for Liberty High.

Going to Northern Michigan and wrestling Greco-Roman has paid off for Hartshorn. It has been influential in bringing the opportunities he’s received, such as those before him this summer.

“Tony pushed me into Greco-Roman and everything,” Hartshorn said. “Slowly, I started to like it. That school is the only one that provided Greco and an education while trying to get on the world and international team. This way, I get to go around the world, see different cultures, see how they do things and see how they train. It’s a way to broaden my base.”

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