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?
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