NE Florida 1A-District 4 Pacesetter

Bishop Kenny junior Josiah McCallum (285) is this week's Northeast Florida 1A-District 4 Pacesetter for the week of February 13-18 (Photo submitted by Paul Schloth).

Bishop Kenny junior Josiah McCallum (285) is this week’s Northeast Florida 1A-District 4 Pacesetter for the week of February 13-18 (Photo submitted by Paul Schloth).

Northeast Florida — 1A-District 4 Pacesetter

Name: Josiah McCallum.
School, grade & weight class: Bishop Kenny, junior, 285.
Accomplishments: One of the stronger heavyweights in the city, McCallum won the 285-pound weight class in Saturday’s 1A-District 4 meet at University Christian, and is the Crusaders’ highest-ranked wrestler statewide (2nd).
Favorite food: Sushi.
Favorite restaurant: Fuji Sushi.
Favorite TV show: Arrow.
Favorite movie: The Fast & The Furious.
Favorite subject in school: Psychology.
Favorite college/university: Appalachian State.
Favorite wrestler: Kyle Snyder.
Favorite athlete (non-wrestler): Bo Jackson.
Best tournament/dual experience: Getting my first tech.
Favorite thing about wrestling: Getting techs as a heavyweight and being with the team.
Least favorite thing about wrestling: Wrestling last at every tournament.
When I’m not wrestling, I am most likely… : Lifting weights or eating.
Coach Paul Schloth on McCallum: “Not only is he a great kid with good manners and a great work ethic, but he is a leader in an unconventional way. He is the biggest kid and because he has a willingness to learn and work hard, I treat him the same as our light weights: sweep singles, leg rides…he is expected to learn and perform them all, which he does. The little guys see him do techniques and think, if that big guy can do it then I can as well.”
Parents: Julissa & Roy Kabalan, Jacksonville.

The Pacesetter feature will be a recurring weekly feature through the end of the season in the second week of March. Have a nomination you’d like us to spotlight? Wrestlers must have exemplary record on the mat and character and sportsmanship off it as well. Drop us a line at nefloridamatmen@gmail.com with your nomination. Thank you for your support!

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I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in 2011. But as I thought I had in 1992, I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. New initiative this year is to create a space on my sites where ALL Florida results can be stored, searched, reviewed and used by my readers, with NO COST TO THEM.

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