Not too long after stepping off a submarine during summer training, United States Naval Academy Midshipman 3rd Class Logan Treaster of Newton was whisked away to Fortaleza, Brazil, for the United World Wrestling Pan-American Junior Championships.
Treaster, a 2017 Newton High School graduate, placed fourth in the 60 kilogram (132 pounds) weight class with a 2-2 record.
“It was an absolute honor to wrestle against some of the best in the world, against wrestlers from other countries,” Treaster said. “I got to train with some of the best wrestlers in this country. Some of my teammates were from Michigan, Ohio State, Missouri, Northern Michigan — a lot of bigger name colleges. I was able to learn and grow in my abilities and was very grateful for the opportunity.”
Logan opened competition against Ricardo Quinones of Ecuador. After falling behind 7-0, Treaster rallied for an 8-7 win. Logan then downed Evan Constantino of Brazil 7-3.
Treaster fell to Quinones in the bronze medal match.
“My biggest challenge was the weight classes,” Treaster said. “I wrestle at 125 pounds in college. Here, the weight classes were 55 kilograms (121 pounds) or 60 kilograms (132 pounds). I went with 132 pounds, so I was giving up about seven pounds to most of my opponents. I was a little undersized. Those guys wrestle Greco-Roman year round, and I only train for that a few weeks in the year. With all that, I’m proud of what I was still able to accomplish. It was one more hurdle to pass.”
Treaster qualified for the tournament at a qualifying tournament in Indianapolis earlier in the summer, where he finished third. The top finishers qualified for the Junior World Championships, while other qualified for the Pan-Am Championships or other continental tournaments.
Treaster also placed eighth in the U.S. Junior Greco-Roman Championships in Las Vegas.
Treaster also had to take time for his Naval Academy summer training cruise, part of which was spent on the USS Indianapolis, a fast-attack submarine.
“The Naval Academy takes time during the summer and gives you an opportunity to go out and interface with the Navy fleet,” Treaster said. “I had to fit that in. Also, it took time to get all the paperwork needed to go to South America. I was able to apply all the organizational skills the academy teaches you and apply them to pull this off.”
A typical day for Treaster at the academy starts with getting up at 6 to 6:30 a.m., followed by breakfast at 7, assembly, classes and lab work, workouts before lunch, lunch, more workouts after lunch, more classes, workout and practice from about 3:45 to 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 and homework from about 7 to 11 p.m.
“It’s very structured and there is not a lot of time to relax,” Treaster said.
Treaster is a chemistry major. When he graduates, he wants to apply for the Medical Corps, which only accepts about 12 midshipmen a year.
Treaster wrestled in two varsity matches last year as well as in several open tournaments. He finished 13-5, 2-0 in dual meets.
Navy finished 10-3 in dual meets, 3-2 in Easter Intercollegiate Wrestling Association duals, fifth out of 16 in the conference tournament and 36th at the NCAA Championships.
He will start practice for the current season next month. The season starts Nov. 3 with a dual meet against Ohio State, which took second in the NCAA last year.
“It’s still too early to say, but we have a lot of potential,” Treaster said. “About half our team was seniors last year, so there has been a lot of competition to get to the top of the depth chart.
“I have the opportunity to serve my country as an active duty military member, but it has been a lifelong dream of mine to since I first saw the Olympics to wear a USA singlet and this has been a dream come true.”