LINCOLN – Earning 100 wins is a tremendous feat, but for Mattanawcook wrestler, Jackson Sutherland, it’s only the first rung on the ladder.
“I got bigger things like 200 is my goal. I think the state record’s like 222 or something,” Sutherland said.
Sutherland earned his 100th win on Saturday. He’s only a sophomore.
“It was just cool to see everyone out there supporting me. My mom made a poster and it was pretty cool,” he said with a smile.
He’s has dominated virtually everyone he’s faced on the mat. With a record of 100-2, he’s bounced back nicely after getting his first taste of defeat last season at New England’s.
“My first match was a kid who took fourth I only lost by a couple points and then the second match was a kid who took third and I got knocked out actually in the first period I took a shot to the head and was out cold there for a couple seconds anyway,” Sutherland said.
It’s moments like that one that can define an athlete’s career. For Sutherland, it wasn’t going to hold him back, which was apparent at a young age.
“He was in kindergarten and we went down to Noble to the pee wee state hadn’t really been to a large youth tournament yet and he went down there and got second place which was outstanding, but it was his reaction to getting second place he didn’t throw a fit but he definitely wanted first place you could see it in his eyes,” Josh Sutherland said.
Jackson’s father, Josh, has watched his son grow into one of the state’s best wrestlers and is now coaching him as he looks to continue his ascent.
“Pretty awesome that he’s always there he’s always been my coach since I was little having him help me out through things it’s good he’s like my dad at home and my coach here at practice,” Jackson Sutherland said.