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Sports

Suburban Life Male Most Valuable Athlete: Robert Major, Downers Grove South, wrestling, junior

Major, 40-1 on the season, won the 160-pound championship at the Class 3A Lyons Regional.

Robert Major
Robert Major

WHY HE WAS SELECTED:

Major, 40-1 on the season, won the 160-pound championship at the Class 3A Lyons Township Regional. Sports reporter Jacob Bartelson caugh up with Major to discuss his wrestling career and more.

Bartelson: Let's start with how you got your start in wrestling. What's your earliest wrestling memory?

Major: I started doing it very recreationally. There was a flyer passed out at my school and I just wanted to try it. I went to my local club, [and] it just picked up from there. I started when I was in second grade.

Bartelson: Why do you enjoy the sport so much. You're 40-1. There's got to be a reason why you love it.

Major: Wrestling, it's unique. It's different than any other sport, really. It's really shaped me into the person I am today. It's helped me to build my character. It's helped me be more athletic. It's taught me a lot of lessons. I have a lot of fun doing it. The more you get better at something, the more enjoyable it is.

Bartelson: That one loss, though, does that fuel you to try and get all the way to the finish line? How do you view that one loss considering it was out of state.

Major: Of course I wish I won that match. I think I definitely could've won. It was a close one. It was 3-1. Could've gone either way. ... It's good to get some challenging matches. Other than that, there weren't really too many close matches throughout the year. At least that gave me stuff to work on, some things I could improve on. I feel really confident going into the state series.

Bartelson: Are you planning on wrestling in college?

Major: I would like to wrestle in college, for sure. That's a big dream of mine ever since I was little. I'm not committed anywhere, but I've been talking [to some]. No offers, though.

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