High Five-Northside junior tries a new sport
Published 11:16 am Thursday, June 10, 2021
Keon Satterthwaite had never wrestled, but decided to try when NHS band teacher and former Washington High School wrestling assistant coach Daniel Garcia announced the Panthers would have a team. He shares experiences from the inaugural season.
- What has been the most fun being part of a first-year program?
Keon: Being part of something new and seeing Coach Garcia in a different role. I have him for band since I play the trumpet and baritone. It was weird at first because he is stricter as a coach and more fun as a teacher, but I’ve gotten used to it. I’ve also lost 30 pounds since practice started, which has been great.
- Why did you decide to try out?
Keon: I was excited when Mr. Clark, our former principal and Coach Garcia announced we were going to have a team, even though I’ve never wrestled. I thought it would be a good way to lose weight and more fun than just trying to stick to a diet.
- What was the hardest or most unexpected part of wrestling and will you do it next year?
Keon: I didn’t realize how hard it was to manage your body weight and get ready for the weigh-ins before matches. It’s been a complicated process for me, but I’ve learned to adjust my diet. It’s been fun and I plan on doing it again next year.
- Who is your favorite superhero?
Keon: Batman because he runs the family business, drives a fancy car and saves the world all at the same time.
- What will be the highlights of your summer?
Keon: Having some time to relax, but also starting football workouts. I’ll be training on my own with (former Panther) Tyler Turner to get in better sha