Gamers of the Week


Male Gamer of the Week – Caleb Haynes of St. Albans High School

Male Gamer of the Week – Caleb Haynes of St. Albans High School

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Male Gamer of the Week award to Caleb Haynes, Freshman, St. Albans High School.

By Micaiah Branch, Assistant Potential Plus Director

Wrestling can be argued as the most difficult sport that high schools have to offer. Caleb is a freshman, and this is his first season wrestling the high school competition. Heading into the new wrestling season, Caleb knew that it was going to be difficult and that he would have to raise the bar for himself. He had this to say about preparing for the new season, “I knew that it was going to be harder than middle school. I had to work harder than before. I started lifting weights and started performing more high intensity cardio.” By the end of the season, the hard work had paid off and Caleb was a state champion, as a freshman.

By the end of the season, Caleb had created a 40 win season with a mere six losses. In the state tournament, Haynes knew that he may face two opponents to which he lost in the regular season. What did he do? He went to the tapes. Caleb studied the two opponents. He recognized their flaws and their tendencies during the match. Afterwards, he put what he learned into action by going to the mat and practicing. According to Haynes, he wasn’t going to make the same mistakes. This preparation proved to be vital. During the state tournament, three of his four wins were decided by two points or less. I asked if each of these small wins boosted or hurt his confidence going into the championship match, he responded with, “It helped boost my confidence. It was preparing me for the final match.” In the championship match, Caleb won with a 5 to 4 decision. 

St. Albans has a great wrestling program. They have two state champions, a runner up, and possibly a third state champion, soon. Practice can become very competitive, which allows wrestlers to work on flaws and fine tune their craft. “I’m fortunate to work with Josh Humphries and my brother, Michael.” Practice typically runs a couple hours and consists of practicing technique as well as sparring with other wrestlers. Wrestling requires a different type of conditioning. Sparring helps mimic live matches and allows wrestlers to stay in top shape. Coach Greg Humphries had this to say about his state champion wrestler, “Caleb is a hard worker in the wrestling room, and always puts in more than the required amount of work. He is a great kid and I’m glad to have him on the team.”

Wrestling is Caleb’s only sport. This means that for him, wrestling is a year round sport. There truly is no off season for Caleb, He is putting in the extra work trying to perfect his technique to separate himself from the others. He lifts weights during the off season, and tries to keep his body in competitive shape. This upcoming weekend, Caleb is going to Mason County to wrestle in the Mason County Open tournament.

Caleb is a freshman, which means that he isn’t necessarily looking towards college at this time. Currently, He has a 3.0 GPA and doing pretty well in school. Between school, wrestling tournaments, and wrestling camps, he has a lot on his plate. Wrestling is a lifestyle and sometimes you get sucked into it. Finally, Caleb wanted to thank his parents for all that they have done for him and their support.

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 please have a coach or Athletic Director contact Casey at Teays Physical Therapy Center at (304) 757-7293