Burger King Outstanding Student Athlete: Jimtown's Hunter Watts

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"He's hardcore, when we saw Hunter Watts and knew he was at the tournament, we were like oh man, here comes that kid again. He's the hammer at this tournament. At the time we didn't know he was fresh into wrestling," said Jordan Eberhard, one of Jimtown's assistant coaches.

He was remembering Watts as a 12-year old, his first year on the mat.

Now, the wrestler is a junior in high school and he has won over a hundred matches as a Jimmie. A record that helped move him into the No. 1 ranking in the state of Indiana.

"The kid he wrestled was number 1 in the state, and when he beat him he beat him, I think everybody knew, well Hunter's going to be number one now," said Eberhard.

But Watts is no stranger to close matches, he fell in the 113 pound state finals by a 7-4 decision, and placed sixth at the 106 pound finals in 2016.

Watts looked back to his matches in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, he said, "It was pretty nerve racking, I couldn't really see anything besides just the mat, and it felt like it flew by in two seconds. It was so quick and active and all over the place."

This year, Watts bumped up a weight class to 120 pounds, but also upped his work load this year.

Watts said, "The second I walked off the mat, I was wanting to win a state title."

Watts said he wrestled more than fifty matches in the off-season to prepare him for his junior season.

"I mean he's probably one of the hardest workers in the state of Indiana and it shows. you watch him on the mat and it's all go , all the time. Defeat is not an option for Hunter Watts," Eberhard added, "That is his number one goal this year, and I don't think he's going to quit until he gets it."

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