Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Male Gamer of the Week award to Jamie Ward, sophomore, Winfield High School.
With the wrestling season winding down the Winfield Generals are peaking at just the right time. The boys from Winfield secured a 10th place finish out of 42 teams in the WSAZ invitational to cap off their regular season. Helping to lead the charge toward the post season is sophomore Jamie Ward. He placed 4th in the 132 pound weight class after taking down some of the top names in the state. His only loss was to eventual champion Caleb Dowling in the fourth round.
Even though he is only a sophomore, Jamie was voted captain this year. This speaks heavily to his work ethic and dedication. “He is a little quieter than some of the other kids, but he is as dedicated as they come; he puts in a lot of work every day”, says Winfield head coach Mike Cochran. With regionals and states fast approaching, Jamie is making the final adjustments to his game. “I have been working on getting better on offense, I want to fine tune everything so that I can compete my best.”
Wrestling has been Jamie’s favorite sport since he was in fourth grade. There, he was encouraged by his football coach to give it a try. Now he dedicates his time solely to improving all year. The Generals have an intense practice schedule with lots of conditioning as well as technique work, but Jamie’s work doesn’t begin and end with the winter. He has been wrestling year round since he was in middle school, traveling to camps and working with his club coaches at Competitive Edge.
Jamie is entering the post season tournaments with a 43-4 record mostly in the 132 weight class. He also has a few wins at 138 pounds. Going into the season the Generals knew they had to manage expectations but after a very good season they can finally start acknowledging some more lofty goals. “Our goal is definitely to win the region, but we are going to have a lot of tough competition. We can get it done though,” stated Jamie.
With three seniors on the team, finding room as a sophomore could be difficult, but Jamie, who also wrestled as a freshman at 132 pounds, didn’t just make the team but was named captain at the beginning of the year. The respect from his teammates is a testament to his hard work in wrestling, as well as in the classroom where Jamie is a straight “A” student.
With a busy schedule during the summer and traveling to camps and to his club gym in Charleston, Jamie’s parents, Lisa and Jason, have helped him out a lot. “My parents have been really supportive, they take me to all these camps, and they really motivate me”, said Jamie.
Look for more Gamers of the Week presented by the Putnam Herald and Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. every Friday.
If you would like to nominate a Gamer of the Week contact Casey at Teays Physical Therapy Center at (304) 757-7293