Cameron Reese

This week's Athlete of the Week is Auburn High's Cameron Reese, a junior on the Tigers' wrestling and football teams.  


Auburn Villager: What weight class to you wrestle in?

Cameron Reese: Heavyweight, 220 to 285 (pounds).  


AV: How did you get your starting wrestling?

CR: When I was in eighth grade, I just decided that I was going to try out and then I good at it so I just kept going. 


AV: What about wrestling do you like?

CR: The intensity in it, the drive that keeps you going. 


AV: What is the biggest challenge for you wrestling?

CR: For me, I have to wrestle people a lot bigger than me. It's just a lot harder, but it's fun. 


AV: Do you have any strategies you use when facing a bigger opponent?

CR: Stay moving and get them tired, and then try to win from there. 


AV: What do you do conditioning-wise for wrestling?

CR: I do a lot of running, outside and in the neighborhood and stuff like that. And I do jump rope. 


AV: What are you working on the most technique-wise?

CR: Trying to keep their hands off me, I guess, and work whatever I can to get them down. 


AV: Do you have any wrestlers you looked up to as role models?

CR: Not really.  I just had a lot of people show me different things and just learned from it. 


AV: What has been the most helpful technique that you've picked up since you started wrestling?

CR: I guess a throw. It helps me judge if I can use my leverage to throw them. It's helpful when I'm wrestling big boys because they don't have that good of a balance and it's easy to win. 


AV: Do you play any other sports?

CR: I play football. Defensive end.


AV: How did you get your start playing football?

CR: I was 6 years old; that's when I first started playing football, and I just loved it ever since.


AV: Did you always play on the defensive side?

CR: I played both when I was little, and then I gradually kept doing defense. 


AV: What do you like most about playing defensive end?

CR: The constant hitting when you're on the line.


AV: How is your wrestling season going so far?

CR: It's going great. We've got sectionals this week, and I'm just trying to win that so I can get a good seeding at state. 


AV: How did state go for you last year?

CR: I got fourth place. 


AV: What's the goal this year?

CR: First. 


AV: Do you have any hobbies outside of sports that you enjoy?

CR: I like drawing, and I guess helping my mom and dad work and stuff.  


Interview by Brian Woodham

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