Senior Jacob Smith Captures his Second GAC Championship

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Senior Jacob Smith Captures his Second GAC Championship

Senior Jacob Smith takes down opponent in a varsity dual in the Howell North Gym.

Senior Jacob Smith takes down opponent in a varsity dual in the Howell North Gym.

Credit to Savannah Wandzel

Senior Jacob Smith takes down opponent in a varsity dual in the Howell North Gym.

Credit to Savannah Wandzel

Credit to Savannah Wandzel

Senior Jacob Smith takes down opponent in a varsity dual in the Howell North Gym.

By Jacob Dulaney

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 On the varsity wrestling team there has been one wrestler who continues to stick out among the rest: Jacob Smith. Smith has been wrestling on varsity for all four years of high school and the last ten years in total. He recently just won his second GAC tournament in a row.

 “The kid I had in the finals match was pretty tough and we were both undefeated at that point so there was a lot of pressure, but I ended up winning so it was a good feeling” Smith said.

 Smith wrestled Christian Zeik from Liberty High School who was one of his toughest opponents so far this year. The final score of the match was 4-1 in favor of Smith.

 “I wrestle aggressive and I’m always looking to score points,” said Smith.

 Many wrestlers are not ready for Smith’s wrestling style, with most liking to either stick with a ground or top style of wrestling. Using this style, Smith was able to grab his first GAC win.

 “I was pretty happy, and it was a good feeling because a lot of people from other teams thought I was going to lose my finals match and there was some trash talk from our team to their team on who was going to win the match and I ended up winning by tech fall,” Smith said.

 Smith recalled on his most memorable moment throughout high school and believes that his coaches have helped him recover from tough situations.

 “I’d say my sophomore year when I came back from a month long knee injury and wrestle at district out of shape and in pain and still managed to qualify for state,” said Smith.

 Smith is his main motivator because he knows what he wants to achieve. He believes he knows what he needs to do to reach his goals this season.

 “My goal is to place at state and I need to keep my head straight and keep training hard,” Smith said.

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