Senior wrestler balances his sport and choir

Huffman says stereotypes just aren’t valid

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Caleb Land

Senior Jacob Huffman, who both wrestles and sings in the choir, is recognized at Senior Night on Jan. 22 in the Welch Activity Center.

Sally Bradshaw, Reporter

Stereotypes can be found in almost any activity, but senior Jacob Huffman doesn’t let them get in the way of pursuing his diverse interests.

Huffman played on the Sectional championship football team in the fall and now is a member of the defending State champion wrestling team, but his talents are not limited to the field and mat.

He is also a part of the concert choir, and is able to sing and wrestle on top of keeping up with his academics. “Definitely, it was hard to balance wrestling and choir because some of the performances are at the same days as wrestling meets,” Huffman said.

He explained that due to a wrestling conflict, he was unable to attend the choir’s Breakfast with Santa. “I’ve just had to learn how to balance it, and we’ve worked it out,” Huffman said.

Huffman, who competes in the 195-pound weight class this season, began his wrestling career in kindergarten, and continued the sport all through high school. He placed sixth at the Al Smith tournament over Christmas break, where the Irish won the State dual championship, and was an AAU all-American wrestler. He said he intends to continue the sport after high school.

He said he learned that wrestling “takes a lot of heart and dedication to just, like, be in the varsity lineup all four years.”

He began singing much later, but decided after having a blast in middle school choir to join the concert choir his sophomore year. “I thought it was going to be fun, I needed an art credit, and so I was like, ‘all right, sure, I guess I’ll do choir,’” Huffman said.

Concert choir is a year long commitment that meets during E period, but the wrestling season begins in October and ends with the State Finals, which this year are Feb. 21 and Feb. 22 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Downtown Indianapolis.

 Huffman said, “There’s, like, this stereotype that people who do sports can’t do theater or choir, and that’s just not the case.” Huffman encourages other young men to “definitely go out and try it. (Mrs. Marian) Bender is a great teacher, and you’ll like it and it’ll work around your schedule, and you’ll have lots of fun.”