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Athlete of the Week

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By The Staff

Name: Eric Kelley

School: La Grange Elementary

Team: South Oldham Junior Wrestling Club. 

Age: 7.

Hometown: La Grange.

History: Kelley won the state club championship last season in the 5/6 45-pound division and is a contender to repeat in the 7/8 Division this season.

He placed third last week in the Purcell tourney in Cincinnati. Kelley, who wrestles nearly year-round, is entering his third year in the sport as part of the South Oldham club team which has 28 members and practices three nights a week.

Kelley, a second-grader,  got involved in wrestling through a flyer in his former school at Kenwood Station.

He placed in several tournaments last season before winning the state title. 

Favorite wrestler: Kelley’s favorite wrestler is Jon Cena of the WWE tour. 

Hobbies: In his spare time he likes to play Wii sports and play on his Playstation.

Favorite school subject: Math.

Favorite thing about wrestling: “I like to shoot and I am really good at sprawls, I like to get pins. I got a pin in the state last year.”

What the coach says: “He’s an exceptionally hard worker, very disciplined and a great listener for his age,” South Oldham club coach Randy Wheeler said. “He goes out hard every time he steps on the mat.”