One-on-one with Lana Hunt; champion at first all-girls sanctioned wrestling tournament

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Lana Hunt is a senior who has attended Blackfoot High School all four years. One thing unique about Hunt is she has been wrestling for 5 years, and she is the only girl on the wrestling team. On February 10 Hunt participated in the first all-girls sanctioned tournament for Idaho the tournament was called The Jaybird Memorial tournament and won first in the 101-lb. division. She was motivated to wrestle by watching her brother wrestle throughout the years.

Q. Who is your number one motivator and what makes he/she your number one motivator?

A. My brother Lane, because he picks me up when I’m down, he reminds me I have the ability to do more, and pushes me to do my best on and off the mat.

 

Q. What’s the biggest award you have won?

A. The biggest award I won isn’t a medal, trophy, or certificate. It’s the respect I’ve earned from several coaches and people in Idaho.

 

Q. What strengthened you over the past four years?

A. Proving the doubter wrong, my losses and wins, and my wrestling partner in the practice room.

 

Q. What made you decide to join Cross Country?

A. I decided to do cross Country to get me in top shape before the wrestling season and increase my endurance.

 

Q. What are you doing after high school?

A. I’ve had a few college coaches get a hold of me, so I plan on continuing my wrestling and academic career at a college I decide to sign with.

 

Q. Do you see a female wrestling team in the future here at BHS?

A. I really do. Idaho Women’s Wrestling is really pushing for an all-girls sanctioned wrestling season. The number of girls wrestling in Idaho at the high school level is growing.

 

Q. How does it feel to be the only female to be on the wrestling team?

A. I’m not treated any differently on the team, so I really feel like a part of the team and I feel like any wrestler that’s working towards their goal.

 

Q. What would you like to tell other girls about wrestling?

A. Don’t be afraid to try it out. You won’t know if you like the sport unless you try the sport unless you try it. Wrestling will build your confidence and open up many opportunities for you.

Q. What other hobbies and activities do you enjoy doing?

A. Obviously, I like to work out, but I also like to go fishing, hunting, camping, etc. I also want to get back to my roots with Judo and Jiu-Jitsu.

 

Q. What teacher impacted you the most within these four years and why?

A. There are two teachers who have impacted me the most, Coach Cashmore and Mr. Lish. They both have believed in me since the beginning and tell me what I need to work on to reach the next level. I believe they are two of my biggest support and that has helped me over the past four years.

 

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