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Jeannette's Cline grappling with success this season

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Jacob Cline, a junior at Jeannette High School, is a member of the wrestling team. Kristie Linden | The Jeannette Spirit

Jacob Cline has been wrestling for the Jayhawks for two years.

He had always been interested in the sport, but decided to give it a try when Coach Steve Dominick took the helm.

Cline also plays soccer, which is something he's played since childhood. He plays for the high school team as well.

Though he had an interest, it was never the right time for him to join the wrestling team until a couple years ago. Now that he's started to participate in the sport, he stays motivated with some help from his brother, Zach Cline.

“He kept me motivated to stay with it,” said Cline. “You have to get used to it.”

His favorite thing about wrestling is his team and teammates. Cline said the group of wrestlers creates a good environment that he enjoys.

“They're all friendly. There are some characters there,” he said with a laugh. “Coach (Dominick) is a good coach. He's a good guy who jokes around a lot. I learn a lot from him.”

The practices each week are tough, despite the fun atmosphere. Cline said each week there is a constant intensity. He enjoys the competition.

“It drives you to do better.”

The team's goals this season have been to increase team wins and to do better at tournaments. Cline said progress toward those goals is “going all right. We have some new kids who are still learning. I'm always learning. I can help with certain things I've learned.”

Cline enjoys soccer and wrestling evenly and said there isn't one sport he prefers over another. In the spring, Cline will continue with soccer as he begins to play with the Jeannette Soccer Club.

After high school graduation next year, Cline is unsure of what he'd like to do. He hasn't decided if college is part of his plans, but he knows he'd like for sports to remain part of his life after high school.

His focus, in the meantime, is his classes — gym is his favorite —and his after-school sports activities. He likes to be active and enjoys playing pick-up basketball games after school.

“I'd like to thank my coaches (Dominick and Don Ament) and my soccer coach (Patrick Hepner) for all the constant support,” said Cline, who lives with his mother Gregg Cline and brother, Zach.

Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at klinden@tribweb.com or 724-838-5154.

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