Cole Fuller Scranton Times Athlete of the Week

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Cole Fuller, Western Wayne wrestling, athlete of the week for Monday, Jan. 29, 2018.Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer

Senior had four pins in four Lackawanna League victories to help Wildcats win Division II title. Also recorded his 100th career pin and 127th career win.

Family: Father, Jerry; mother, Mary; brothers, Morgan, Casey, Beau; sister, Sasha

What does it mean to you to have 100 career pins? That was something I thought I’d never really get. I was always thinking about 100 wins, but 100 pins, honestly just kind of snuck up on me. It was this crazy thing that just happened out of nowhere. But I’m very glad it happened.

How have you been able to get so many pins? I think it’s just a by-product of my wrestling style. I do a lot of high-pin moves and it just turned out that way. I’ll always go for the pin because it’s the best thing for the team. And I get off the mat quicker that way. It’s not as tiring.

How satisfying was it to reclaim the division title from Honesdale after they beat you for it last season? It felt really good because so many people said this year that Western Wayne was going to have a rebuilding year. People thought we were going to get destroyed against Honesdale. So it felt great to prove everyone wrong and do so well, even with so many underclassmen.

Thoughts and goals for the rest of the season: For myself, I’m not going to sugarcoat it, I’m looking for a state medal. Top eight, maybe even top three. That would be great. For the team, we have District Duals on Wednesday. If we win that, we go to states. At the first practice of every new season, our coach tells us we want to go to Hershey, we want to go to states. That’s the pinnacle, so that’s the goal.

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