|Perrysburg's Newton to wrestle at Ohio State (11-13-13)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 13 November 2013 18:04|
PERRYSBURG — JP Newton has already successfully wrestled in Columbus, finishing third in the state meet last season in Division I at 152 pounds.
He has also attended some wrestling camps at Ohio State University.
On Wednesday, Newton signed up for four more years in Columbus.
The Perrysburg High School senior signed his national letter of intent to continue his wrestling and academic careers at Ohio State.
‘‘It’s very exciting, I can’t even describe it,’’ Newton said. ‘‘I just love the sport. I’ve always loved going in there, and working hard to get better.
‘‘I was a little bit nervous. This whole process was kind of strenuous,’’ he added.
At the state meet last winter, his only loss was to a three-time state champion. Newton finished 40-7 on the season.
Newton was a freshman when Sam Cotterman started as the Perrysburg wrestling coach.
‘‘I know he’s going to be successful at Ohio State, and I can’t wait to watch,’’ Cotterman said. ‘‘There is not a day that goes by no matter what day of the week it is, that he is not doing something to better himself.’’
As soon as Newton finishes his current stint as a three-year starting defensive lineman for the Yellow Jackets football team in the state playoffs, he will hit the mat with hopes to return to the state wrestling meet this winter.
‘‘I knew from a young age he was going to be special,’’ Cotterman said. ‘‘Watching him wrestle I’ve seen his competitive toughness. I’ve seen him wrestling with kids 20 or 30 pounds heavier than him ... He’s a hard-nosed kid that wants to be good, and he’s going to be good because of the hard work and toughness he has.’’
Newton said he also had interest from Kent State and Purdue, but decided on Ohio State.
‘‘Growing up in Ohio, I have always been an Ohio State fan. They have great tradition,’’ Newton said.
At Ohio State, Newton said he will probably wrestle at either 149 or 157.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 18:06|
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