Northeast Florida — 1A-District 4 Pacesetter
Name: Kyle Hopkins.
School, grade & weight class: Episcopal, freshman, 113.
Accomplishments: Placed third at the Class 1A state tournament in Kissimmee last weekend, after winning District 4 and finishing second at Region 1 earlier in February. Only loss at states was to a fellow Pacesetter, with two wins over the third-ranked wrestler in the weight class.
Favorite food: Sushi.
Favorite restaurant: Kazu Sushi.
Favorite TV show: Chowder.
Favorite movie: Tombstone.
Favorite subject in school: History.
Favorite college/university: Ohio State University.
Favorite wrestler: Nathan Tomasello.
Favorite athlete (non-wrestler): Viktor Chukarin.
Best tournament/dual experience: Getting third at states.
Favorite thing about wrestling: Winning a tough match.
Least favorite thing about wrestling: Losing.
When I’m not wrestling, I am most likely… : Eating sushi.
Coach Lance Day on Hopkins: “Kyle has been a leader in our room, vocally and through his work ethic. In just three years, he has gone from not making it out of Districts to getting 3rd at the state tournament. That is a testament to his commitment to learning and training year-round. He is an absolute pleasure to coach and we look forward to seeing him continue to grow as both a person and a wrestler.”
Parents: Keith Hopkins, Jacksonville; Kobe Ellis, Jacksonville.
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