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Winfield's Humphreys is Gamer of the Week

Mar. 15, 2013 @ 12:20 PM

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Gamer of the Week award to Bryce Humphreys of Winfield High School.

The Winfield Generals have a state champion wrestler in sophomore sensation, Bryce Humphreys. Humphreys wrestled in the 126-pound weight class to win his first-ever state title.

“It was crazy, I don’t even remember wrestling. I remember running up on the stage and coming back but nothing in between,” said Bryce. Although he finished on top, it was a tough road for Humphreys as the season began, “I started out not as good as I wanted to but I just kept working hard on my off days and tried to take advantage of every opportunity to get better, and it worked out for me.”

Head Coach Mike Cochran has been really impressed with his sophomore standout and had a lot to say about how hard he has worked.

“Bryce has great work ethic and it has shown in every aspect of his efforts this season. He went last summer to North Dakota for the Cadet Greco Nationals to help prepare him for the season and is going back again this summer. He really is one of the hardest working guys, if not THE hardest working guy on our team. He never complains. There have been times where he’s been hurt and he’s worked through it. He’s just a really great role model and athlete. I wish I could have a whole team full of Bryces.”

When asked how he went from placing sixth as a freshman to winning the state title Humphreys answered, “I worked out with Huntington High School for the Greco Nationals in North Dakota all summer long and I also went to a bunch of camps to try and improve on my technical skills. I really improved as a result. Also, seeing all the other kids that won state titles and getting nationally ranked and having to be on the outside looking in last year really motivated me to get better and pushed me to work even harder.”

Bryce has a 3.3 GPA and also runs track and cross country, which, he says, “helps with my conditioning and mental toughness.” As for his plans for next year, they remain unchanged. “I’d like to win another state title and hopefully go undefeated next year.”

Please look for other local area high school athletes to be named next week’s Gamer of the Week sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc., & The Putnam Herald.

Matt Smith, MS, ATC, CSCS, is the Potential PLUS Program Director at Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc.