Carlisle’s Colton Jumper was knocked out of the District 3 Class 3A Wrestling Individual Championships last year at Giant Center earlier than he would have liked.
This season, the goal is to change that outcome.
Jumper fell to Wilson’s Tyler Wilkes 12-10 in the consolation quarterfinals of the 138-pound bracket a year ago. The match didn’t go the way he wanted and he’s learned from that this season.
CARLISLE — The 55th Annual Carlisle Holiday Tournament kicked off just like years past: successfully.
So far the 138-pounder has earned fifth at the Mule Classic and the Carlisle Classic, won gold at the North Hagerstown Tournament, and nabbed silver at the District 3 Class 3A Section III Individual Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.
The junior is learning from previous matches and is determined to make the outcome this year a state appearance — and possibly a medal.
Jumper answered some questions for The Sentinel ahead of the District 3 tournament. The tournament starts Thursday at 3 for Class 3A. The classification returns to action at 5:30 Friday, and Saturday’s medal rounds begin after the Parade of Champions at 9:45 a.m.
Q: In your opinion, how has your season been going so far?
A: My season has had its ups and downs, but I am pretty happy with the way things are going.
Q: Would you say this season has been better than the last?
A: This season has been way better than last season because last season was my first varsity season because I was not able to wrestle my freshman year.
Q: What went into your offseason to prepare for this year?
A: My offseason basically consisted of lifting weights and going to open tournaments to get mat time.
Q: What were your strengths and weaknesses last year?
A: I think my main strength last year was my style. My weakness was that it was my first varsity season.
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Q: What do you think they are this season?
A: My strengths this year are about the same; I don’t really think I have any weaknesses this year.
Q: You got a silver medal at sectionals on Saturday. What was that moment like?
A: Getting second at sectionals wasn’t the plan, but I got the job done and I’m moving on to districts, which is all I’m worried about.
Q: You lost to Northern’s Paul Feite. Did you have any nerves going out against him?
A: I definitely had nerves going out against Paulie. He’s a really good wrestler and he capitalized on my mistakes.
Q: Was there anything from the tournament that you could take away moving into districts?
A: If I could take anything away from sectionals, it would be to stay aggressive and push the pace.
Q: You were knocked out in the district quarterfinals last season. Did you ever think the season would end that early?
HERSHEY — Battered and bloodied, Colton Jumper stood on the sidelines out of breath, fresh off of a second-round consolation win.
A: I never thought I would’ve gotten knocked out in the quarters.
Q: Looking at that loss, is there anything that sticks out to you as a reason why it went the way it did?
A: Just simple little mistakes is what caused me to fall in the quarterfinals last year.
Q: Where did you see yourself last season?
A: I saw myself making it to states last year, but that is just something for me to work on and move forward.
Q: Are there any wrestlers you want to go against in districts?
A: Most people at districts are considered “high-caliber” wrestlers, so as long as I have a challenge, I am excited to wrestle anyone at districts this year.
Q: Any wrestlers you wouldn’t want to face?
A: I’ll never back down from a challenge. Win or lose, I will wrestle whoever they put in front of me.
Q: What is your main goal continuing through the offseason?
A: My main goal in the offseason is to get bigger and wrestle at a higher weight next year.