By Mitchell Potter
Photos by Kevin McInnis
Cole Moody, a sophomore at Bingham High School, ended his season as the 2016 wrestling state champion for the 160-pound weight class.
In an intense champship match, Moody pulled out as champion against senior Curtis Smith from Viewmont High School with a close score of 3-1. Moody said the move that won him the match was a “single leg takedown.”
Wrestling is not Moody’s only passion however, as he also is a member of Bingham’s football team. Before the wrestling season began this year, he spent his days playing defensive back.
Throughout the season you could see him alternate playing for the junior varsity team and for the varsity team. This year the football team went all the way to the semifinals for the state championship.
When Bingham lost though, it meant that the wrestling season was immediately starting for Moody. It had already been going on for about a week when he jumped right into the full swing of practices. While most of the team had around 15 practices before the first match, according to Cole he had just eight.
He is a good example of hard work,” Coach Duncan said. When asked what it is that Moody brings to the team, Coach Duncan said, “He works hard in the room”, and he also said, “He has good leadership skills… I know it’s surprising, but he is very humble.”
Ever since the age of four, Moody has loved to wrestle.
“I just showed up to practice and I liked it,” he said when asked what it was that made him want to wrestle.
Also, his dad happens to be a main coach for Bingham’s wrestling team. Moody said his dad has been his “mentor” and “biggest supporter” for this whole journey. Because of this, some say that wrestling is just in Moody’s blood. When he turned eight, he tasted what football was like and loved it just like he did wrestling.
When Moody is off of the field and the mat, he is “training a lot,” said lifelong friend and former teammate Gavin Madsen. Madsen also said, “Cole is a great friend who’s always supportive.” Along with all of this, he also is a great student and does well in school. After high school, Moody is still unsure exactly what it is he wants to do. He said that he would love to go to college on scholarship for either wrestling or for football, but as of this moment those plans are not set in stone. When his education is finished, he hopes to be a financial manager.
Bingham High student Mitchell Potter wrote this story as part of the Preps Utah student journalism program, powered by Bank of American Fork, which will award two of our published student journalists college scholarships at the end of the school year.