One wrestler that has done exceptionally throughout the season is senior Ryan Cole.
Wrestling at 132 pounds, Cole is, according to head coach Lorenzo Floyd, “often thought of as the best on the team and he is.”
Cole currently has a season record of 32-2, a record that set a fire in him, he said.
“Those two losses made me work even harder,” said Cole.
Floyd said Cole is on track to gain his 200th career win.
“I don’t know if he even knows it. I know he can do it; it’s just a matter of how many matches we have left to compete in. He’s about 15 shy right now,” Floyd said.
The team has several captains, but Floyd made it clear that Cole is the leader of the team. Being a dedicated wrestler, Floyd said Cole always gives “110 percent” and “the team goes as far as he’ll carry them.”
“He’s always first in line to get things done,” Floyd said.
In his normal daily dealings, Floyd described Cole as reserved. However, once on the mat “his alter ego” comes out, Floyd said. Cole has been wrestling since he was in elementary school and began wrestling with Paulding County High on the JV team when he was only an eighth-grader. Wrestling is a family sport for him as his brother was a state champion in 2006.