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Big Shoes to Fill

Jacob Green, a freshman from Norton, is one of the many wrestlers competing at 321A state wrestling. As if that isn’t intimidating enough, he also wrestles in the 220 pound weight class – a class that is generally wrestled by older and more experienced wrestlers. For most this would seem like a disadvantage, but not for Green.

Right: Green wrestles his opponent from St. George Rock Creek in the second round of the 321 State Wrestling Tournament.

“I really don’t feel that I’m at a disadvantage,” Green stated. “When you’re that big then your opponent has the same advantages and disadvantages as you do.”

He began wrestling at age seven and has exceled at it ever since. He has competed in both state and national tournaments, both of which he has done well in. In 5th grade he took first in the Boot Nationals wrestling tournament and also took first in the Kid’s State Tournament in Topeka in 2013.

Earning these accomplishments takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Green lifts weights with his team after practice and also during the off season to stay in shape.

“During the summer I lift weights every day. I also lift quite often during the season with my teammates either after practice or during my free time,” Green said.
Going into state this year Green’s record was 30-7, and improves as he works his way up the bracket at state. Like most wrestlers his goal is to claim the state championship.

“At state this year I really want to place high,” Green said.

Pressure is a big factor for Green coming from Norton. The team has big shoes to fill this year, as their 2013 team took the team State Title last year.

Left: Green wrestles his opponent from St. George Rock Creek in the second round of the 321 State Wrestling Tournament.

“Coming from Norton it’s almost frowned upon to not make it to state,” Green said. “You have to work hard and really push yourself to make it there.”

Olivia Reiter
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