Wrestler who collapsed during state tourney cleared to resume athletic career

Weber collapsed during last year's state wrestling tournament.
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After a terrifying heart episode at the end of a bout at the wrestling state tourney, Becker senior Brayden Weber shared a positive update on his recovery.

Weber will be cleared to resume physical activity in two weeks after undergoing a procedure to correct a heart defect earlier this month, and hopes to play football and wrestle next season.

Weber collapsed at last year's state tournament after a Class 2A semifinal loss and was revived on the mat thanks to quick work by on-site medical personnel. 

Tests would later reveal that Weber was diagnosed with tachycardia, a heart rhythm disorder caused by abnormal electrical signals. After undergoing a procedure at the Mayo Clinic last week, the issue should be resolved, leaving Becker able to continue competing in football and wrestling.

"They found a circuit that was misfiring in my AV node and was basically just going in circles," Weber said via John Millea of MSHSL.org. "...They did an ablation on that nerve bundle to eliminate it."

The 6-foot-2 senior is also a standout linebacker for the Bears and has been recruited by several programs including Minnesota and North Dakota State. With the good news, he hopes to resume playing football in the fall.

“It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders,” Weber told Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune. “I don’t have to stress out about anything anymore. Everything is just going to be OK.”

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