One of his favorite tournaments is coming up quick for Smith-Cotton senior wrestler and team captain Zack Wooldridge later this month.
Wooldridge, who competes in the 126-pound class, took first in the junior varsity division his freshman season at the Truman Tournament and finished second in his weight class both his sophomore and junior seasons at the Truman Tournament.
“I want to go into business at either State Fair (Community College) or UCM (University of Central Missouri,” said the 18-year old Wooldridge. “And I’d like to wrestle if someone offers me a scholarship.”
Wooldridge made second-team All West Central Conference as a junior.
In his fourth season of wrestling at S-C, Wooldridge was not sure what his high school wrestling record is going into the 2012-2013 season.
Wooldridge started wrestling his freshman year in high school and now wrestles year-round, competing in freestyle during the summers with the UCM Mules Wrestling Team. He has also attended Purler Wrestling Academy in Columbia, MO.
“I was interested in mixed martial arts and that got me interested in wrestling,” he said of his beginnings in wrestling.
He has also played football, basketball and soccer, and just finished his high school soccer career, where he played both defender and striker.
Wooldridge has an 8.229 grade-point average on an 11.0 scale, scored a 20 on the ACT and plans to take it again in February and is ranked 157 th academically out of 337 seniors in his class.
Besides the wrestling and soccer teams at S-C, Wooldridge is a member of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), qualifying for state as a junior.
Wooldridge said wrestling is his favorite sport and his high school highlight came on the mats. “I was wrestling this guy from Warrensburg just weeks after I had thumb surgery , who was ranked second in the state,” said Wooldridge. “He beat me by one point right at the end of the match here last year. He was really good and I only had one good hand .”
In his spare time, Wooldridge enjoys playing video games, spending time with friends and family and helping around the house. He has a younger brother, Masyn, 14, and a freshman at the Smith-Cotton Junior High School. Wooldridge is the son of Marci an d Bobby Wooldridge, Sedalia.