GREENWOOD, SC – When discussing his skill set on the wrestling mat, Chris Jackson quickly points to his quickness as a primary strength. Knowing how to effectively use that quickness will be essential in his team’s return to the State Championship in 2012, according to the senior competing in the 138 pound weight class.
“My quickness is a big thing for me,” Jackson said. “But the biggest thing with it is knowing when to use it. You can pull certain moves on certain guys, but you’ve got to know what works best and when it works best.”
Jackson’s continued maturity as a wrestler has led to the senior grappler becoming a leader for the 2012 Vikings.
“His (Jackson) biggest strength is his determination,” Emerald Head Coach Andy Wright said. “He has grown tremendously as a wrestler from his freshman to senior year. He (Jackson) has put the work in and gained more confidence in himself.”
The confidence built over the past four years has enabled Jackson to mentor younger teammates so far this season.
“I’ve been able to show them different moves,” Jackson said. “I help some guys with different things if they get confused and just make sure they are working hard every day in practice.”
According to Jackson, anything less than a nappearance in the State Championship will be viewed as a disappointment for the 2012 Vikings’.
“I think we all know we want to go back to state,” Jackson said. “We want to get back to that environment. It was pretty exciting last year, and we are all anxious to hopefully experience that again this year.”