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Cherry Set to Help 7x State Champs - Central Dauphin

The more you wrestle the more moves, skill, endurance, and mental toughness you will gain from the sport. This experience will motivate someone to not to crack under pressure and have the ability to produce when needed. This is the case for Jake Cherry who shows no fear on the mat. Jack Cherry

Jake Cherry is a 10-year veteran of the sport. He hails from perhaps the toughest wrestlting state in the country, Pennsylvania. The Harrisburg, PA native, who wrestles at the 100-pound weight class, posted a 26-1 record at the middle school level this season.

We asked Jake what makes him standout most on the mat, he responded with, “My strong will to succeed, and the fact that I never give up makes me stand out on the mat.”

This wrestling prodigy specializes with the high crotch and cross-face cradle.  One move puts the opponent on the mat, while the other finishes them. He hopes to bring these moves to the next level where he will be attending Central Dauphin High School in the fall. Central Dauphin, one of the most successful wrestling programs in the Keystone State, is looking to capture its eighth straight state title.

During the past two seasons, Cherry has won a number of distinguished awards, including a state and national championship.  In 2012, Cherry won a silver medal at the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championships and went on to win a gold medal at the Pennsylvania Freestyle and Greco-Roman State Championships. 

This past season, Cherry took home a 7th place finish at the Ohio Tournament of Champions, which is the toughest one day wrestling event in the world. He followed that up with a silver medal at the Pennsylvania Freestyle and Greco-Roman Championships. His biggest accomplishment of the season came when he helped lead team Pennsylvania to a Greco-Roman National Duals Championship by defeating Team Illinois in the championship bout 39-36. 

Losing 36-24, Cherry’s team needed three pins to win the National Championship.  Low and behold the last three matches all ended in pins, giving it a story book ending and granting Team Pennsylvania with the National Title.  “Our bench erupted into a huge Pennsylvania chant.  We could claim ourselves Greco-Roman National Champions! Receiving the gold medal was awesome,” said an enthused Cherry. 

This summer Jake will be attending Cornell University’s camp with his high school team where he hopes to learn some new techniques.

After high school, Jake hopes of becoming a D1 wrestler for the University of Pittsburgh.  With the way things are going, it's very possible for Jake to accomplish anything as he wrestles-off bad grades, and makes the honor roll each marking period.

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,” said Cherry. His pre-match ritual is a prayer. It is a ritual similar to a football player kneeling after scoring a touchdown, or a baseball player kissing the sky after crossing home plate. Jake Cherry might be praying to be thankful for the ability to wrestle the way he does; fearless and unstoppable.

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