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Posted December 4, 2012
HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: The fire within burns in Marion wrestling room

Marion's Dakota Peterson (left), working on an escape against Perry's Keegan Davis at the Williamsburg Invitational last season, is passionate about the sport. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

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By Jordan Hansen, Marion senior

MARION – For three Marion seniors, wrestling is more than just a sport. It’s a lifestyle.

Their passion and intensity has a variety of sources – from parents, siblings and themselves, where it is deep within their own body and soul.

Many sports have passion, but wrestling takes that concept and brings it to a whole new level.

Kyle Grandon, Dakota Peterson, and Mitch Ross have committed themselves to wrestling for a good portion of their athletic careers. Grandon started in second grade, Ross in fourth and Peterson in eighth. Their reasons for originally joining are just about as diverse as the length they have been wrestling.

Marion's Mitch Ross (right), working on a takedown against Pella's Houston Naaktgeboren at the Williamsburg Invitational last season, said wrestling has tough practices. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

For Peterson it’s because “I wasn’t involved at any sports at the time and it seemed like something I could do for fun. I’m also a pretty competitive person.”

For Grandon and Ross, wrestling blood runs in the family.

“I started because my dad was a wrestler in high school and, at that time, your parents put you in any sport they can think of,” Ross said. “It’s also a challenge and I like being challenged.”

In Grandon’s case, it had a lot to do with his older brother.

“My brother wrestled and I looked up to (him),” he said. “From the first day I loved it, and even now I still wrestle because my brother wrestled throughout high school.”

While some outsiders may not understand the passion that goes into wrestling, Peterson would like to see anyone give it a shot.

“(It’s) definitely worth coming down to try it out because you might fall in love with it like I did,” he said. “Even if you try it and don’t like it, come down to a meet and cheer us on.”

Something about wrestling that many people don’t understand is the amount of work that goes into it.

“If you’ve never gone out before it’s going to be pretty hard to come out, because our practices are pretty intense,” said Ross, a three-year varsity lineman in football. “Everybody thinks football is great, but it doesn’t have the hardest practices. I’d say wrestling is in the top two.”

For these three wrestlers, the sport is as much of a passion as it is a lifestyle. Through their passion and the support of their fans, coaches,and teammates, they will hopefully propel the entire team to new heights this wrestling season.





2 Responses to HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: The fire within burns in Marion wrestling room

  1. What about Levi Lochner? He is a senior and he a 4 year wrestler on the Varsity team? He is the third generation of wrestlers in his family. His grandpa Don Lochner, was a member of the very first wrestling team at Marion High School. His grandpa, along with Wayne Wilson started the Little Indian Wrestling Club which helped the sport grow in Marion.

  2. His dad was also a 3 time Wamac Champion and State Qualifier.

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