Macomb’s Jackson Creasy felt pretty confident before heading to Danville, Illinois to wrestle in the Illinois Midget Division championship last weekend.
Creasy backed up that confidence, claiming a title in the 101-pound weight class.
“It was fun,” Creasy said. “It was harder than the rest of the year.
“I was kind of nervous my first two matches, then after that I was not as nervous, I was more confident.”
Creasy put plenty of time in the training room to get ready for state and saw his work rewarded.
“He works probably harder than any 10-year old in the state,” Creasy’s father and coach, Shawn said. “He practices probably four or five times a week, twice a day during break.”
According to his father, Jackson didn’t take any shortcuts in getting ready for the meet, or this season.
“He wrestles older kids in junior high and that prepares him,” Shawn Creasy said. “I told him that if he wrestles older kids, there’s not a 10-year old the state that he can’t wrestle. He really worked his butt off.”
And the proof of that work was in the results as Creasy stormed his way to a title, avenging last year’s sixth-place finish at state.
“He didn’t have any points scored on him the whole tournament,” Shawn Creasy said. “He set a goal last year after he finished sixth, he sat through the finals and watched everybody else, that was his goal, to get to the finals and he got there this weekend.”
Creasy started slowly, but still was able to get pins in his first two matches.
“His first couple matches he was nervous, but he pulled through in the end and ended getting pins late,” Shawn Creasy said. “The first couple kids he wrestled were two kids with one or two losses the whole year and he put it on them.”
In the finals, Creasy saw a familiar foe whom he had beaten earlier but, he still didn’t look ahead.
“It was a rematch against a kid he saw earlier, the kid wanted a rematch and told other people he wanted to see him,” Shawn Creasy said. “He was on the other side of the bracket and wanted Jackson, but he (Jackson) was in control from the beginning.
“He won 9-0 in what was probably the best match of the year. He was not to be denied.”
The victory was great, but the fashion in which it came was a bit of a shock.
“It kind of surprised me,” Jackson Creasy said. “I didn’t think I could do it like that, I thought it’d be a closer match.
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