The South Range wrestling team is recently coming off their first tournament win in program history, and senior Kyle Keenan has a lot to do with that success.
He’s a first-team All-Conference performer and hopes to get back to State for a third straight year.
Plus, Kyle is just as accomplished in the classroom, earning him the honor of our “33 Student Athlete of the Week.”
“I’d say wrestling is 90 percent mental,” said Keenan. “If you lose a match, you have to immediately move on.”
Kyle has wrestled nearly his entire life, and after years of hard work, he has turned into a two-time State Qualifier with the Raiders.
His journey wasn’t an easy one, however.
Kyle started high school weighing under 100 pounds as a freshman. Since then, he’s grown six inches and gained over 30 pounds through training to get up to the 126-pound weight class.
“I’d say my style is more speed and agility than strength,” said Keenan. “I don’t really use my strength. Instead, I like to use my long arms and my long legs to get leverage moves.”
Kyle will go down as one of the most successful wrestlers in South Range history. He’s won well over 100 career matches and placed fourth at Districts the past two years.
“Basically, this entire year, my one goal is to go to State and place top four,” he said. “Until I get there, I won’t really be satisfied.”
Off the mat, Kyle strives for excellence in the classroom as well. He’s first in class with a 4.0 GPA and is on track to be valedictorian. Plus, he’s a two-time Academic All Ohioan.
“My parents are both really motivating, and they helped me. They always told me grades are first. School is first over sports, so I really take that mindset.”