The youngest wrestler to capture a title in Section 1 this season was Pearl River’s Jack Chesman. He’ll be the only middle-schooler heading to Albany next weekend, and chances are, it will be the first trip of many. Take one look at Chesman and you certainly won’t think you’re looking at a 13-year-old.
Physically, he is mature beyond his years, and it’s been showing on the mat. His development has been accelerated this season, and the result was a pretty dominant performance at sectionals. He had split two 1-0 decisions with Nanuet’s Chris Lowery during the regular season, but Chesman won a convincing 7-1 decision over him in the Division 2 semis and followed that up with a pin of Ardsley/Dobbs Ferry’s Adam Samolsky in the finals. The upside for Chesman is significant, and the best is surely yet to come.
Here’s what Jack had to say about winning his first section title:
Year: Eighth Grade
Weight Class: 132 in D2
How did you get started with wrestling? My dad was big into wrestling and I started in the Pearl River kids club in third grade.
What is it that you love about the sport? I love getting in shape, meeting new friends and learning new things about the sport.
What is the most challenging part about it? Mostly making weight and the hard practices.
What have been some of the keys to your success this season? Doing double practices at Olympic, and wrestling people that were way better than I am there really helped.
How would you describe yourself on the mat? I am determined and try to make sure I’m always in good position.
And off it? I’m laid back, working out whenever I can.
Which is your favorite sports team? I am not a big fan of other sports besides wrestling, so I guess the US wrestling team.
Favorite Movie? Dumb and Dumber & Dumb and Dumber to.
Favorite Food? Bacon Cheeseburger with Fries.
What is the best part about winning a second title? Being able to wrestle longer during the season and getting to go to states with the Section 1 team.