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Medical staff save life of wrestler who collapsed at Minnesota state tournament

The high school junior gave a thumbs-up on his way out of the arena.

Medical staff at the Minnesota state wrestling tournament saved the life of a high school junior who collapsed after a match Saturday in St. Paul. 

Brayden Weber, wrestling in the 220-pound weight class and representing Becker High School, reached the semifinal round of the individual tournament where he lost by fall to Orono's Danny Striggow. Shortly after the match, Weber collapsed. 

According to the Minnesota State High School League's John Millea, medical staff at the Xcel Energy Center saved his life by acting quickly and performing CPR. Weber regained consciousness and gave a thumbs-up as he was stretchered out of the arena. 

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"Prolonged standing ovation at #mshsl state wrestling tournament as announcement is made to thank tournament medical staff who saved a wrestler's life earlier today," said Millea. "They performed CPR on the young man, who gave a thumbs-up as he was carried out of the arena."

John Nalan, of The Scenic Range NewsForum and an editor for The Guillotine, reported that Weber's parents "said he was doing well and appreciated the crowd's support" – a report that was echoed by Weber himself. 

"Thank you to all the training staff and first responders for taking quick action and doing what needed to be done! I’ll forever be grateful. God bless you all!" Weber wrote in a tweet Saturday night. 

Weber finished his junior wrestling season with a record of 38-7. He's also a standout linebacker for the Becker Bulldogs, as evidenced by Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck following him on Twitter. 

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