Throughout the 2017-18 high school sports season, we will name a weekly Sentinel Athlete of the Week every Monday night highlighting the on-field performances of some of the area’s best high school competitors.
This week’s athlete is Shippensburg wrestler Cole Forrester. After taking home gold in Cumberland Valley’s Kickoff Tournament just last weekend, Forrester kept the streak going with another gold medal at the Carlisle Holiday Classic on Saturday.
In the 220 bracket, the senior downed his quarterfinal opponent, Bermudian Springs’ Chase Dull, in an 11-3 major decision, pinned Gettysburg’s Tyler Gallagher in 1:15 during the semifinals and then notched a major decision 18-4 over Newport’s Walker Klinger to take gold in the final.
Q: With two gold medals under your belt after two tournaments, how important is it to start the season this way?
A: Winning the first two tournaments have been big confidence boosters and have kept me motivated to get better every week. Having two tough tournaments early in the year is nice to challenge myself and keep me focused for the rest of the year.
Q: Is there anything you’re doing differently this season than you were last season that’s helping get you that success?
A: This year I have just focused on scoring points. I try to just go out and have fun. These past years I have been too passive and have just waited for others to act. I think a lot this year has come from my pace and constant attacks.
Q: What’s clicking for you and some of your teammates right now?
A: Right now everyone is just focusing on getting better. Trying to stay consistent in practice and the weight room is helping out a lot.
Q: Any early nerves brewing for the Trojan Wars after Christmas?
A: I’m really excited for Trojan Wars this year. Nearly 40 teams and some of the best competition we see all year is exciting. I look forward to it every year and I’m really pumped up for the increased field of teams.
Q: What are you looking forward to the most in that tournament?
A: I’m looking forward to just challenging myself and wrestle some good competition. There should be plenty of talent in the field, and I just want to go out and score points.
Q: Any wrestlers you’d like to face off against?
A: No wrestlers in particular but I always look forward to tough matches.
Q: Do you have a favorite winter sport other than wrestling?
A: I really enjoy going to our home basketball games and supporting the student section.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of wrestling?
A: I’m a professional tractor puller throughout the summer. I get to drive all throughout the east coast. It keeps me busy and gives me a break through wrestling season.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: I would like to become the United States head of agriculture. I enjoy politics and think it would be great to focus on something I enjoy. Making changes to better the country would be an important and exciting job.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: My parents inspire me the most. They constantly push me to be my greatest. I may not always enjoy it, but they always have my best interest in mind. They both have worked hard all of their life and that motivates me to do the same.
Q: Do you have a quote or saying that you live by?
A: “I’m here for a good time, not a long one.” I don’t know if that is really wrestling related but it’s probably my favorite. (laughs)