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February 14, 2014

UR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Jones first state qualifier for Bulldogs

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

The road to the state meet has not been easy for the sophomore, as he has had to learn a lot this season.

“The conditioning has made a big deal, because he’s been able to wear down some of the better guys and win because he finishes the drill,” Riner said. “He comes to practice ready to work, and everybody else has been very supportive of him. He is all about business, he wants to win. He wants to take it as far as he can.

“I have had several wrestlers continue to come to practice to help him and help support what he’s trying to do.”

With two more seasons of wrestling to look forward to in his high school career, Jones believes this experience will serve as a strong foundation he can build on in future years.

“It feels good to be going into it so young, because it’s kind of a building block for where I need to be going into my junior year and senior year,” he said. “It’s something I can build on and try to do better each year.”

Though he may be young, Jones and the Bulldogs’ coaching staff have big goals for the state tournament.

Carrying that same hard working, go-getter attitude into the final meet, Riner admits: “My goal is to get him on the podium — hopefully toward the top.”

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