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Sports Spotlight: Wrestling

This issue’s Sports Spotlight is on Wrestling and features freshman Eli Theobald and junior Roy Shrout. Eli is wrestling for the first time and has had good success already, which prompted first-year Head Coach Brad Davidson ’03 to nominate Eli for his “incredible progress as a first-year wrestler in our program. He is a fierce competitor and continues to be extremely coachable.” Roy is team captain, and Coach Davidson nominated him because “he has spent much of the off-season improving his technique and skills, and I believe it will pay off for him when we wrestle in the state tournament at the end of January.”

Eli Theobald, freshman, 106 weight class, House of Spirit, Football, first-time wrestler

Question: How did you get started wrestling?
Answer: I got started by talking to Coach Davidson towards the end of the football season, when wrestling was about to start.

Q: What has been the highlight of your season so far?
ET: The highlight of my season so far was placing fourth in my first-ever tournament.

Q: What do you enjoy about wrestling?
ET: The thing I most enjoy about wrestling is how it’s always a dog fight from the start to the finish.

Q: How are you making the most out of the season in spite of its challenges?
ET: I’m making the most of the season despite the challenges by putting in the work to make it feel like a normal season.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
ET: My favorite part about being a Pioneer is the community and how close everybody is with one another.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
ET: My favorite school subject is English because we have a really good teacher who can teach that subject very well, and I have a lot of friends in that class.

Q: Coach Davidson said that you have shown great progress in your first year. What do you like most about competing?
ET: The thing I like best about competing is seeing who can work harder.

Roy Shrout, junior, 170-pound weight class, second season, House of Spirit, Football (two seasons), Spring Musical (2020)

Question: What has been the highlight of your season so far?
Answer: So far, the highlight has been being voted to be the team captain.

Q: What is your goal for the season?
RS: My goal for the season is to be a semi-state qualifier.

Q: How did you get started wrestling?
RS: For as long as I can remember, my dad has been trying to convince me to wrestle, and after my freshman year and my first year of football, I decided to give wrestling a shot to see if I liked it or not. After about two weeks into it, it was very difficult, but I really enjoyed it.

Q: What do you enjoy about wrestling?
RS: What I really enjoy about wrestling is the challenge it provides. It pushes you to do and achieve things that you had no idea you could.

Q: How are you making the most out of the season in spite of its challenges?
RS: I am making the most out of this season by treating every practice like it might be the last of the season. I have already missed two matches due to being quarantined. So I have given my best effort every practice like I could be quarantined at any time.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
RS: My favorite part about being a Pioneer is the smaller community, which lets me get to know a lot more people than I would at other schools. Also the support of athletics and other extracurriculars is another thing I like about being a Pioneer.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
RS: My favorite school subject is math because it comes easy to me and I find it exciting to learn about.

Q: Coach Davidson said that you dedicated much of the postseason to conditioning and training. Why was that important to you?
RS: Conditioning and training for Wrestling was definitely a big part of my postseason. I did this because last year I really enjoyed the sport but was not very competitive, and I wanted to change that this year.

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