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Sports Spotlight: Wrestling

This issue’s Sports Spotlight is on Wrestling. Coach Brad Davidson ’03 nominated junior Henry Lovan and sophomore Kalob Manning, who placed in the top three in their weight class in the Zaxbys Pioneer Invitational last weekend. Read more for a Q&A with these players:

Henry Lovan, junior, 120-pound weight class, third season; House of Faith

Coach Davidson said: “Henry is our Most Outstanding Wrestler award winner from last season. He spent a lot of time in the offseason working on technique and strength so he can advance in state tournament.”

Question: How did you get started wrestling?
Henry Lovan: To be honest, I was bad at every other sport and decided to give wrestling a try (in junior high), and I’ve never looked back after that.

Q: What do you enjoy about PHS Wrestling?
HL: What I enjoy about Providence Wrestling is how the team feels like a family and it is always a good time.

Q: What do you enjoy about wrestling in general?
HL: What I enjoy about wrestling is the rush of winning a match and how good it feels to know your hard work has paid off.

Q: What has been the highlight of your season so far?
HL: Going 5-0 at Henderson County.

Kalob Manning, sophomore, 106-pound weight class, first season; House of Courage, Boys Soccer

Coach Davidson said: “Kalob is a first-year wrestler who has embraced the sport and what it takes to be successful. He competes with relentless effort and has a great attitude every day.”

Question: How did you get started wrestling?
Kalob Manning: I got started by some of the wrestlers coming up to me and suggesting I should wrestle. I joined wrestling, to stay active in the (soccer) off season and get stronger and faster.

Q: What do you enjoy about PHS Wrestling?
KM: I enjoy the team camaraderie as well as the coaching staff that continues to push you to get better and better.

Q: What has been the highlight of your season so far?
KM: The highlight of my season so far is my very first match against Charlestown where I would go on to win in the 3rd period by points.

Q: What is a fun tradition the Wrestling Team does that you look forward to?
KM: I look forward to the Zaxbys Pioneer Invitational where I plan to place 1st. 

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