Glenelg senior Craig Burris has found the perfect balance as an 'A' student and three-sport athlete.
Right now, his attention is focused on wrestling, as he does his part to help the No. 4 Gladiators in their quest for a state championship.
In his second season on the mat, the 220-pound Burris is 23-4, including a third-place finish at the Mount Mat Madness tournament.
Burris also was a three-year starter on the football team, playing center and defensive tackle. In the spring, he'll play defense for the Class 3A-2A state runner-up lacrosse team.
He is still deciding whether to play football in college, but plans to major in mechanical engineering.
What has been the key to succes this season for the team?
I think it's just everyone is one, we're like a family. We always try to get together during the weekends and we have four captains and six seniors in all, so we're always trying to help out the younger kids and tell them what to do. We're strict, but a family.
What do you enjoy most about wrestling?
Definitely the matches. It's just exciting with all the fans, and all my friends come out to watch me.
What is the goal for the season?
Individually, the goal is to always win states. But first is the region. I've got to win the region or finish in the top four to move on to states. Winning regions would give me a better seeding at states. It'll take hard work and dedication.
What do sports mean to you?
Ever since I've played sports, it's helped me do better in school and stuff. I look up to others who play sports and the coaches are like parents to me — they really help me out.
How did you decide to start wearing bow ties to matches this season?
We have to dress up for away matches and I said I was going to wear bow ties this year. I have six different ones. I like this one that is white with red polka dots. I wore that during a Christmas match and haven't lost with it on.
What's it like in the practice room?
It's tough. It's 21/2 hours every day, except days before a match. We run for the first 30 minutes and then we just drill and go live, learn a lot of new stuff. It's hard and tough, and you sweat a lot.
What are you going to miss most about high school when you move on to college?
If I don't play sports, it will be that and also just the atmosphere. Me and my friends, we all play sports and everybody knows us, so we're all sort of popular and have a lot of friends. It may be harder to make new friends, so I'll probably miss my friends the most.
Who do you like in the Super Bowl?
I'll take the Seahawks. It's the best defense against the best offense. I'm thinking the Seahawks because their offense is pretty good, and Denver's defense can be beat.