BUCKHANNON — It is important to highlight the youth in Upshur County and the hard work they have put in to excelling in the sports they play. This series of articles will go in-depth with one of B-U’s student athletes, allowing readers to get to know a little more about who athletically represents the community. This week, Bucs Senior wrestler Aidan Wilson, took time to give the community an inside look at his journey in Upshur County sports.
Question1: Describe your major highlights and achievements in sports from the past. What standouts to you about your high school athletic career?
“One thing that specifically stands out the most about my high school career is the fact that I really only had one, 4-year long season. Aside from a couple small breaks here and there, I never really had time off. Aside from that I am proud of the fact that I have qualified for states all four years of high school and placed fourth in the state last year, as a junior,” said Wilson.
Question 2: What clubs, teams or other extracurricular activities have you been involved in during high school?
“I wrestled all four years of high school,” explained Wilson.
Question 3: Why are you so passionate about playing sports?
“Sports are just a constant competition. You aren’t just competing with your opponent but also with yourself. I find a ton of value in looking inward and reflecting to learn about yourself,” stated Wilson.
Question 4: What is your favorite sport? What made it your favorite? What drew you to the sport?
“My favorite sport has to be wrestling. Originally, it became my favorite because growing up it was just so fun to be able to practically fight people without really being malicious and not generating any bad blood. I was drawn to the sport because my dad was a state champion back in the day and I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” said Wilson.
Question 5: How would your coaches and teammates describe you? What does it mean to you to be a part of the team?
“I would say my coaches would describe me by saying something like, ‘Well… he’s complicated.’ As for my teammates, I hope they look to me as someone they can turn to for advice or an uplifting word of encouragement. To be part of our team means a lot to me. I enjoy teaching the new guys and trying to leave a positive mark on the team moving forward to try to breed more success,” explained Wilson.
Question 6: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gained from a coach over your years playing any sport?
“To keep fighting. It could be life, a sport, school but getting back up after being knocked down is a skill that a lot of people lack,” stated Wilson.
Question 7: How do you manage your athletic responsibilities and other outside recreational and non-recreational activities?
“A lot of the time, when I get out of practice, I go hangout with friends, finish school or whatever I need to do that day. Managing my responsibilities isn’t really a choice, it’s just something that happens. School comes first, so I make sure I have my priorities straight,” said Wilson.
Question 8: What’s the biggest lesson you have picked up from playing sports? Has your time wrestling taught you any lessons that have helped you either at home or in school?
“I’d say a good lesson that I have learned is that choices and mistakes aren’t final. You can make a bad choice but things can turn around. Of course, it also teaches you to not make a similar choice in the future and gets you in the habit of making a good choice. Wrestling has kind of taught me to stick things out even though its harsh and sometimes I have to relearn that lesson,” explained Wilson.
Question 9: Is there a coach or athlete that you look up to as a role model and why?
“I think I look up to all of my coaches. Looking up to them makes sense to me because I know that they only want the best from me and for me,” stated Wilson.
Question 10: What first got you into wrestling?
“My dad was a state champ and I figured I’d give it a shot since it was something he was so good at and passionate about. I think that I started wrestling when I was in third grade and haven’t looked back since,” said Wilson.
Question 11: What’s your favorite thing about wrestling?
“My favorite thing about wrestling is the fact that its ultimately, 1 vs. 1. The only person you have to blame is yourself, yet after every match win or lose, each wrestler shakes hands with each other and the opposing coaches,” explained Wilson.
Question 12: How long have you been playing sports? How would you describe yourself as an athlete?
“I used to play football back when I was younger. I played until I reached the middle school, after starting in the first grade. As for how I would describe myself as an athlete, I’d say that I was a freak of nature that often fails to utilize his physical gifts/tools,” stated Wilson.
Question 13: What has representing Buckhannon-Upshur as a student-athlete meant to you? What’s your best memory?
“Representing my community has been a really touching experience at times. People in our community do everything they can to help each other and it’s nice to know that I can put a good face on our community through wrestling. My best memory was at the Big 10 Conference Championships, my sophomore year. I faced this guy from East Fairmont and I mentally broke him. I ended up losing the match but it was very satisfying watching him give in to me mentally; it’s something I will never forget,” explained Wilson.
Question 14: Finally, are there any short-term goals you would like to accomplish in the next few months to a couple of years? What about in the future, 10 years or more down the road, where do you think you will end up? College plans?
“As of right now, I am focusing on getting into college. Eventually I would like to go to school be a lawyer but the future is constantly changing, so we will just have to wait and see,” stated Wilson.