Gamer of the Week

Daniel Long is Gamer of the Week

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s male Gamer of the Week to senior Daniel Long of Hurricane High School.
Last week Redskin’s wrestling team competed in the Cameron Alumni Invitational Wrestling Tournament at University High School in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Redksins placed 7th out of the sixteen competing teams. One standout wrestler for the Redskins wrestling team in their 145 lbs. weight class was senior Daniel Long. Long took home first place beating some of the best wrestlers in northern West Virginia. Long improved his season record to 23-7 for the year and set Hurricane High School’s record for most overall wins in a career. Long doesn’t plan on stopping there, as he plans to add more wins as the state wrestling tournament looms ahead.

When Daniel was asked what inspires him he responded, ‘‘my coaches motivate me everyday in practice to be a better wrestler. Our coaches are straight up with us. Sometimes they don’t necessarily tell you what you want to here, but it’s what you need to here to improve. Fine tuning during practice and helping me study my opponents have been the biggest help to my success thus far.’’ When Long was asked about what motivates him he responded, ‘’Winning states is my main goal when it is all said and done. This season I have been able to beat some of the best wrestlers in the state and I believe I can be there in the end winning the 145 lbs. state championship.’’

Hurricane is mid-way through the wrestling season and the team is made up of mostly freshman and sophomores. The young Redskins are growing up fast and the five upper classman are starting to hit their marks. With guidance from assistant coaches, Steve Rhodes and Michael Talbott, head Coach Duane Talley is excited about the future but focused on the present. When asked about Daniel’s wrestling this year, head coach Duane Talley said, “Daniel is a different type of wrestler in the sense that he is a very calm individual. He keeps his composure during high stress situations and treats wrestling as if it is a chess match. He has a tremendous work ethic and his conditioning is top notch.’’ When Coach Talley was asked what his team has to do to further improve and prepare for the regional tournament ahead he replied, ‘’We are in one of the toughest regions in the state. If we can continue to grow and gain experience, I believe our guys will be in great position to compete for a state championship if they win their regional championship.‘’ Hurricane will have a tall order as they have to compete against nationally recognized program of Parkersburg South. As the story goes, Goliath can be humbled and brought to his knees if he underestimates his opponent.

Daniel currently has a 3.2 GPA and is the son of Kenny and Darla Long. Long competes individually in wrestling tournaments in the offseason, but after this wrestling season he has decided to attend a technical college in pursuit of becoming an electrician.
Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Male Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.

Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.