Great season despite losing the final round: Matthias Aeschbacher.
The Bern wrestling sport is glamorous. There are kings like Kilian Wenger and Christian Stucki, sunny boys like Remo Käser or climbers like Fabian Staudenmann and Adrian Walther. You usually own the headlines. Rather less the inconspicuous bricklayer Matthias Aeschbacher (30) from the Emmental. He is not a beam man, not an entertainer.
And also not one who is a sporty high-flyer at a young age. For a long time it was said that Aeschbacher had nothing else in the program besides his inner hook. He has very well.
The father of the family will not become a Swiss for the first time until 2019. But the Emmental does it like the cheese in its homeland. It matures from year to year. He’s swinging great this season. And he also proves in Pratteln what a powerful and fair sportsman he is. Also thanks to its attacking way of swinging, the final walk becomes a spectacle.
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“I had the feeling that I was in better shape”
Aeschbacher even dominates over long stretches. Wicki and the strong man is the motto. “I even had the feeling that I was in a better physical condition than Wicki,” says Aeschbacher in an interview with SRF after the final walk. “I’m disappointed. But with a little distance I will realize what I have achieved. Now this Wicki is king.”
Aeschbacher, says King Arnold Forrer, for example, is actually far too fond of wrestling, he couldn’t be a bastard at all. You can still feel how much the defeat and the missed opportunity in his career rankles him. He has a very friendly relationship with his adversary Joel Wicki. The two each spend their WW in Magglingen and train together. They have already shared the room. You can’t share the king’s title.
All wrestling kings of the last 30 years | 2022 in Pratteln, Joel Wicki and Matthias Aeschbacher deliver pure spectacle in the final round – with the better end for Wicki.
What remains: The quiet Emmentaler Matthias Aeschbacher has stepped out of the shadows. And got a lot of sympathy. His ambition for wrestling was once aroused by his grandfather, who promised him a five-love for every victory as a young wrestler.
In Pratteln there is now a little more in the till.