Thompson Pinning the Competition

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Kyle Thompson, known as “KT” on and off the mat, is well known for being an extremely talented football player. This year, Kyle was recognized as a first team all conference tight end, second team all conference linebacker, and the defensive MVP for GCHS. It was also Kyle’s second year as a varsity football captain.

But Kyle is not only an excellent football player, he is also one of the best wrestlers on Granite City’s varsity lineup. Kyle is a varsity wrestling captain with a record of 29-8 so far this season. At the end of December, Granite City held the 55th annual William “Red” Schmitt Holiday wrestling tournament. Kyle wrestled 8 matches over the course of that weekend, winning 7 of them. He made a comeback and got a takedown in the overtime to the same opponent that beat him that weekend in overtime for the 1st place match!

Thompson has high expectations for wrestling this year. Kyle said, “Last year I only made it to regionals because I lost my 3rd place match at regionals to a guy who placed at state. So my short term goal is to make it past regionals, make it to sectionals and to be all conference. But my long term goal is to be a state placer, or even better, a state champion!”

Kyle loves both football and wrestling equally, so he isn’t sure which sport he wants to pursue in college. It is difficult deciding between two things you love, and for Kyle it will all come down to scholarships. He would like to attend Florida State University, Clemson University, or Ohio State.

“My love for football is the main reason I’m wrestling. My 6th grade year, coach Mike Dowdy brought me a list of very good football players who had wrestled. When I saw that list, I instantly knew I had to wrestle. Then with practicing everyday, I became a pretty good wrestler. Now not only do I have a passion for the sport and also for my team, but so does my family. My little brother Tyler is starting wrestling this year. He looks up to me on the mat, along with just life in general, so that’s another reason I choose to stick with it. I put 100% into everything I do, from practices, to easy duals, to big tournaments. My hard work and my family’s support is what has gotten me to the point I’m at now.”

Whether or not Kyle chooses to pursue in football or in wrestling he will succeed in either.