Northeast Florida — 2A-District 2 Pacesetter
Name: Matt Ross.
School, grade & weight class: Columbia, sophomore, 132.
Accomplishments: Ross was one of two Tiger wrestlers to qualify for states this past weekend at the 2A-Region 1 tournament at Chiles, finishing fourth at 132 pounds. Ross was 3-2 on the weekend, with an 11-1 major to punch his ticket to Kissimmee.
Favorite food: Pizza.
Favorite restaurant: Taco Bell.
Favorite TV show: Ballers.
Favorite movie: The Wolf of Wall Street.
Favorite subject in school: PE.
Favorite college/university: Penn State University.
Favorite wrestler: Dan Gable.
Favorite athlete (non-wrestler): Michael Jordan.
Best tournament/dual experience: “Winning the regional match that punched my ticket to state!”
Favorite thing about wrestling: The adrenalin rush of the match.
Least favorite thing about wrestling: Not being able to eat Taco Bell.
When I’m not wrestling, I am most likely… : Fishing.
Coach Peter Whittington on Ross: “Matt is a joy to coach. He has been able to deal with adversity this season, overcoming an injury. Not letting it discourage him, he trains before school and works hard at practice, always willing to help the new wrestlers and help lead the way.”
Parents: Glen Ross, Lake City, and Stacey Berryhill, Live Oak.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your nomination. Thank you for your support!