Team USA included a St. Michael the Archangel High School senior as it competed at the 2018 Austrian Junior Open.
Dane Harter competed in Greco-Roman wrestling, becoming the first Louisiana athlete and the first St. Michael student to be named to the team, according to a news release. He traveled to Gotzis, Austria, on Feb. 28 with 20 other athletes from across the United States to compete against the world’s best wrestlers.
Team members were selected based on skill and ability. Harter caught the attention of Northern Michigan University coach Rob Hermann after attending a summer camp at the U.S. Olympic training site for Greco-Roman wrestling.
“He said he'd like for me to try to make the trip and I knew it was an opportunity I couldn't miss. I'm extremely excited to represent the USA at an international competition,” Dane said.
Harter spent his time before the meet preparing with his coach, John Kent, in New Orleans.
“Coach Kent is an NMU alumni and knows coach Hermann. He's an excellent Greco-Roman coach, probably the most knowledgeable Greco-Roman coach in Louisiana,” Harter said.
He is a six-year wrestling veteran and a current college prospect for Ithaca College, Northern Michigan, Luther College and more, according to a news release. He also is the 2018 state champion in the 182-pound weight class.