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By Chris Cox

Wrestling is in the blood of Westmoore sophomore Holden Martin. 

“I’ve been wrestling since I was five or six,” Martin said. “My dad and uncle both wrestled. When I was little, they were my first coaches and were the ones that got me into it.”

While Martin admittedly didn’t like wrestling at first, he stuck with it and has grown to love the sport.

“I like how I’m the only one out there,” he said. “I can’t blame someone else if I lose. I can’t rely on anyone else to do it for me. It’s all me. I’m the only one out there. I’m the only one to blame when something goes wrong and the only one to thank when it goes right.”

Martin believes the things he learns in wrestling go with him off the mat. He believes that the individualistic nature of wrestling has built in a resiliency that you don’t always get from other sports. 

“You got to go for the whole six minutes,” Martin said. “You can’t take a play off because there are no plays. It’s all go, go, go. There’s no time to rest.”

Martin says that mentality helps in other aspects of his life as well. Whether it’s on the football field where he plays outside linebacker for the Jaguars or in the classroom. 

“It comes along with schoolwork too,” he said. “There are no days off and I have to do everything to the best of my ability.”

When he’s not wrestling, on the football field, or at church, Martin and his teammates are involved in the community. As a program, the Westmoore coaches charge each individual wrestler to complete at least 100 hours of community service before they graduate. 

Though just a sophomore, Martin is already looking ahead toward the future.

“I’d really like to wrestle in college for a division one school,” he said. “I know it’s a lofty goal but I think I’m capable of doing it if I keep working hard."

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