After receiving news that he had been a North-South All-Star selection, Emerald Vikings senior wrestler George Kerhoulas said it is a rewarding feeling to finally see four years of hard work in high school come to fruition.
“It’s great to see all the hard work pay off,” Kerhoulas said. “It’s an honor and I’m excited about representing my school and Greenwood as a whole.”
Vikings’ Head Coach Andy Wright explained that seeing his senior 145 pound grappler recognized as one of the state’s best has served as an opportunity for reflection.
“As a coach, when a kid comes in to the program, you want to see him grow and improve not only as an athlete, but as an individual,” Wright said. “He (Kerhoulas) has certainly done that.”
After helping lead his team to the State Championship match, where they finished second, Kerhoulas explained that being named a North-South All-Star will serve as motivation as he and his teammates prepare for the individual Upper State Championships.
“There’s not too much pressure with it,” Kerhoulas said. “It’s more of motivation. It’s going to give me confidence heading into Upper State and State.”
The senior grappler is only the third Viking in the history of the program to be named a North-South All-Star, joining Adam Newton and Zane Newton as previous honorees.
“My takedowns and takedown defense have helped me a lot since I have wrestled,” Kerhoulas explained. “Those two things have been my strengths this year.”
As various Vikings prepare for the individual Upper State Championships, as well as the team State Championships, Kerhoulas will be a catalyst for the Vikings if they are to reach their ultimate goal, winning a State Championship.
“He (Kerhoulas) is hands down the best wrestler I’ve seen when he’s on his feet,” Wright said. “He can work on a couple of things, as far as being on the top and bottom, but when it comes to being on his feet, he’s as good as it gets. He’s just got to keep his goals in sight, and keep the right mindset through it all.”