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HHS's Jeremy Francis wins Gamer of the Week

Dec. 28, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this weeks Gamer of the Week award to Jeremy Francis of Hurricane High School.

The Hurricane High School Wrestling team has a gem of a wrestler in junior standout, Jeremy Francis. With about half the season under his belt, he has posted a perfect 17-0 record in the 152-pound weight class.

"I'm an extremely competitive person; I just want to win every time I go out there and compete," says Francis.

First-year head coach Lee Cummings had this to say about his star wrestler, "Jeremy is a guy who I don't have to worry about while he's at school. When I walk into the practice room, or when he steps on the mat to perform, he's going to be there and I'm going to get 100 percent from him."

Jeremy attributes a lot of his success to the hard work he put in during the off season. "Mainly, the off-season practices and lifting for football has been the main difference in my performance this year. Our new coach has been great. He teaches us all about how to handle different situations and keeps us very well conditioned."

He went on to talk about his teammates, saying, "We've got a great team this year. There's always a lot of competition at practice because we do a lot of live wrestling. We're all good friends and stick together as a family, but we''re also enemies because we're all fighting for a spot on the team."

Jeremy has a 3.2 GPA and is a two-sport student athlete, playing football and wresting for Hurricane High. He has pretty high expectations for the rest of the season as well.

"We're almost to the halfway point of our season. Last year I made states and placed fourth in regionals. So this year my goal is to get first or second at regionals and maybe place at states."

When asked what his motivation is to go out and perform he answered, "My family and friends are all really supportive, but this year I've come really close to God. I've been praying a lot more and I've been a lot more successful this year than any other year. So it's pretty cool that stuff like that can happen."

Coach Cummings sums things up well by saying, "Jeremy is the toughest kid I have ever coached in football or wrestling. When he puts his mind to doing a task it gets completed. He's a good teammate and a great example for younger wrestlers to learn from."

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, Potential PLUS Program Director at Teays Physical Therapy Center.