Athlete of the week: Jacob Wood

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RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) A glance across the wall in The Sturgis wrestling room tells you all you need to know about the rich tradition of Scooper Wrestling

Jacob Wood says, ' It's amazing. It would be something a team could only dream about having. Those teams were amazing and the history of Sturgis has been good. It is an honor to come in here every day and wrestle in here.'

Mike Abell says, ' It's huge. I've been here three years I grew up knowing the Sturgis tradition but it is a real thing they come in here they want to win state titles as an individual and as a team and when you see these banners you have a place you want to get to."

Losing 8 seniors off last year's team Wood has found himself placed in a leadership role for the Scoopers.

Abell says, ' He's got big shoes to fill. So far he has done a great job whether it is on the mat we haven't got to see him perform yet. Your performance always speaks well as a leader too.'

Wood says, ' We have a bunch of young guys now so I've taken over as a leader and show them the ropes and how to practice and be ready for high school wrestling.'

As a two-time defending state champion Jacob will have opponents aiming for him all season long.

Abell says, ' You know I think he will have a target but I think he embraces things like that. He doesn't get too worried about things like that he likes wrestling tough kids. If he loses to somebody he can't want to wrestle them again.'

As his high school career winds down Wood reflects on his start as a wrestler.

Wood says, ' Started wrestling originally when I was 3 years old and then when I turned 4 I got into it just from a young age I had a feel for it and just took off and I just love the sport.'

Wood will move up two weight classes this year as he plans for his future on the mat

Abell says, ' He wants to look into wrestling in college and to get to that 125-pound weight which is the lowest in college he is trying to put on as much size as he can and get used to wrestling that body time to do that.'

Congratulations to Jacob Wood on being this week's athlete of the week. Jeff Voss Black Hills Fox News