Cohen Reer, age 9, a second grade student at Norwalk Catholic School, recently completed the third leg of the prestigious Trinity Award.
The Trinity Award is through the World of Wrestling, and typically won by less than 10 kids nationally per year. In order to win the triple crown trophy, a wrestler must win the Tulsa Kickoff Classic in November, the Tulsa Nationals in January, and the Reno Worlds in Nevada, which were held last weekend.
Reer opened the tournament last Friday in the 58-pound weight class with a pin in 43 seconds over Aukai Pruett (Hawaii), then pinned Johnny Lopez (California) in 52 seconds. In the quarterfinals, he won 9-0 over Angel Nguyen (California), then scored a close 2-0 win over Prince Wilson (Kansas) in the semifinals.
In the championship match, Reer won by a 4-2 decision over Braden Perez (Oklahoma).
Last month, Reer won his third consecutive OAC grade school state wrestling championship at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown. He won five matches over the two-day tournament en route to his championship.
At the OACs, Reer is a three-time state champion and a four-time state placer. He did not allow a point in any of his five wins — which he’s also done two straight years.
During the 2018-19 school year, Reer has won 14 tournaments, which also included the Super 32 Challenge in October at Greensboro, N.C. — widely considered one of the most competitive pre-season amateur wrestling tournaments in the country.
Prior to the OAC state title and Reno championship, Reer was ranked No. 1 in his weight class nationally by the World of Wrestling Elementary/15-under national rankings.
The son of Zac and Lisa Reer of Norwalk, Reer trains at the Burnett wrestling club in Milan.