Eielson wrestler Adam Jockusch signs to the collegiate level

Published: Feb. 19, 2021 at 4:57 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Eielson high school wrestler Adam Jockusch is trading in his red and black Ravens singlet for a, well, a red and black Ravens singlet, signing a national letter of intent to compete for the Benedictine College Ravens in Atchison, Kansas.

Preparing for his senior season this spring, Jockusch reached new heights last year as a Region VI champion at the 152-pound division. When exploring where he wanted to take his talents at the collegiate level, it was the similarities between Eielson and Benedictine College that sold him.

“The coach is very hands on, he’s focused on building a community, a family, just like our home,” Jockusch said at the Eielson library with his parents and coach. “They’re willing to help me further my education as well as my wrestling career no matter what the cost. I want to get to know my faith a little more, so it being a Christian School, I am going be able to learn a little bit more about my faith as well.”

Proving leadership off the mat, Jockusch was named captain of the wrestling team his junior year, where he finished 2nd at the Alaska State High School Tournament.

“On the mat he is passionate and in the practice room he is passionate,” said Eielson Wrestling Coach Chris Frazier. “Something that drives a kid is to each their own, and Adam is definitely for the love of the sport. It has nothing to do with winning, it has nothing to do with losing or proving something to anybody else, it is all about his love and passion for the sport. He is very self-motivated and very hard working.”

Wrestling within the program since 8th grade, Jockusch found his home at Eielson after bouncing around different areas of the country, like many military families.

“It is amazing because I have known all of these kids for seven to eight years and I enjoy hanging out with all of them and we have grown so close together that I can’t see myself without them in my life. I know a couple of them I will be talking to for the rest of my life. Graduating here with such an amazing community and teachers, I can’t wait to try to come back and visit them every once and awhile.”

With his final year of high school wrestling approaching next month, Jockusch hopes to reach the summit as state champion, just as many before him in the Eielson wrestling program.

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