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Name: Mitch Rusch
School: North Oldham Midlle School.
History: A seventh-grader at NOMS, Rusch will likely pull double-duty this season, wrestling at 96-pounds for the NOMS team and 103-pounds for the North Oldham High School varsity.
Rusch started wrestling as a fifth-grader and has quickly advanced through the ranks to this season where he moves into competition against high schoolers for the first time.
“I am not really too worried about going against the high school guys,” Rusch said. “I know it’s tougher and the kids are a lot more muscular.”
Rusch competed in the middle school state meet last year, posting a 1-2 mark in the 96-pound division with both of his losses coming to wrestlers who finished in the top six in the state.
Rusch comes from a legacy of athletes at the North campus. The youngest of four brothers to go through the athletic program, brother Chase is a returning varsity wrestler for the Mustangs at 119-pounds and is expected to make a run at the regional title this season. Brothers Kent and Dean, were baseball players and graduated from NOHS last spring.
Other activities: A solid A-B student, he said his favorite school subjects are math and science.
Rusch is also a baseball player in the Lyndon league in eastern Jefferson County where he plays catcher, pitcher and third base.
“I like wrestling and baseball the same,” Rusch said. “It depends on which one I am playing at the time, then I might like that one a little bit more.”
Rusch and his brother, Chase, also race BMX bikes together. In his spare time, Rusch also likes to race radio controled speed boats and hunt on the farm the family owns in Muhlenberg County.
Favorite thing about wrestling: “It keeps me in shape,” Rusch said. “It also helps me get rid of my frustrations and any anger I have, especially when I wrestle against my brother.”