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Huntington North’s Kyle Jolas, right, is wrestling in his fourth weight class in four years.

Weighing in for success

Vikings senior looks for wins in 4th weight class

Huntington North senior wrestler Kyle Jolas has found success no matter his weight class.

Jolas has been in four weight classes in four years. But whether at 112 pounds, 138 or 145, Jolas has advanced to the state meet in the previous three years. This year, he will go for a fourth trip at 160 pounds.

“Each year, a lot of kids, especially the caliber Kyle is, are going to evaluate what the best weight for them is going to be,” Huntington North coach Kyle Wood said. “ ‘Where can I get to and what weight is going to be healthy for me?’ ”

Despite the changes in weight classes, Jolas said his style has not been any different.

“It’s hard at first because it’s an adjustment,” Jolas said of moving weight classes. “As I have grown, I have kept the same skill set, but I have just tried to perfect it as much as I can

“I have had the same style pretty much growing up. I like to attack and put up as many points as possible. Going up in weight favors me because I am slick on my feet, and it helps me to be quick and agile against guys who are used to guys who are naturally 160 and have been there for three years and are muscular and don’t really want to wrestle on their feet.”

In a somewhat unusual move, Wood jumped two weight classes from his junior to senior year after wrestling at 145 last year.

“It is a big jump up two weight classes, but Kyle is significantly bigger and stronger this year,” Wood said. “It depends on the kid. A lot of times you will see one weight class jump a year.”

Jolas, who has been wrestling since he was 4, added the extra weight while training, practicing, working out, weight lifting and eating right.

“I did what I had to put on the necessary size the right way, so that way I would feel comfortable wrestling against guys that are bigger than me and possibly stronger than me,” Jolas said. “(160) favored me, and it favored my body style. It allowed me to grow in areas and allowed me to mature.”

Wrestling at the lower weights when he was younger seems to have served the 5-foot-11 Jolas well.

“He is a very well-rounded wrestler because he has seen a lot of different scenarios,” Wood said. “His experience at the lighter weights is going to come in handy down the road.

“Speed-wise, he is going to be significantly faster than a lot of the kids he will wrestle at 160. He has learned from being a little bit of a lighter weight.”

Ranked No. 6 in the state at 160, Jolas is 9-0. At 145 last year, he was the champion in the sectional and regional, finished third at semistate and lost in his opening round at the state finals.

“The past three years I have fallen short on Friday night (the first day of the state finals), and it is the monkey on my back. I want to get that off,” Jolas said. “I have been slowly and steadily improving every year. I feel great this year, and the weight class is right. My goal is to be a state champion. We haven’t had a state champ in 20 years, and this is the year I can win a state championship for Huntington North.”