ImpactPT 7.75x2.5 sep20The energy and competitive spirit of Jaxen Wright is evident in everything he does and shines brightly whenever the Morris sophomore steps inside the wrestling mat circle for the Eagles.

After a fourth place finish last year at regionals, Wright refused to be denied his spot in the eight man ladder at the Class 3A state tournament by recording a fall to advance to the championship ladder. Wrestling against an older group, Wright then just a freshman wrestled through the consolation bracket for a fourth place finish in the 132-pound classification while compiling a 37-5 mark.

Fast forward to 2021 where Wright is even more determined to prove his skills.

“It was a new experience for me at state but now a year later, I’m definitely more in control of the mental side of things that will give me the confidence to accomplish an even better finish,” said Wright who goes into the final month toward the 2021 championships with a 23-3 record.

When asked to define himself, on the mat and off, the carefully chosen answers reflect the maturity of the 16 year old student athlete who also plays golf as well as enjoys hunting and fishing and his favorite food, shrimp alfredo.

“Kind, hard working and respectful would describe me. Training harder has been my approach to prepare for the championships,” said Wright, who also maintains a 4.0 GPA in the classroom where he admits math is his favorite subject. “I’m just good at numbers but most important to me is being respectful because that alone will get you a long way in life especially when you are hard working and kind all the while showing respect to others.”

Coach Jack Crawford had words of praise for the Eagles sophomore whose future plans include an eventual career in sports medicine.

“Excellent at whatever he does,” said the Morris head coach. “Not just on the mat where he gives his all but Jaxen is a great student and leader among his peers.”

Wrestling since he was six years old, Wright is now competing at 145 pounds as the championships approach, confident of his skills and opportunity to reach championship Saturday while recalling the words of his dad in his everyday thoughts.

“Never let someone tell you what you can and can’t do.”

A motto that continues to prove why Jaxen Wright will reach for the stars and find success.

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