River Hill senior Logan Kirby talks about transitioning from football season to the wrestling mat

During the school year, Varsity Letters will periodically ask student-athletes from various sports to step in as guest bloggers. They will share their personal thoughts during pivotal stretches of a given season.

This week's guest is River Hill senior Logan Kirby, a standout defensive lineman in football and All-Metro second-team wrestler. Set to wrestle at Harvard, Kirby, who has placed second at states the past two seasons, now has his attention set on capturing an indiviudal state title and helping the Hawks capture a state team title. Here's what Logan wrote on Wednesday about transitioning from football season to wrestling:

As one chapter in my book of life was closed in an abrupt end, with Linganore’s devastating come-from-behind win in the Class 3A state football semifinals, I am grateful to begin the sport of my future.  I would like to publicly thank coach [Brian] Van Deusen and coach [Tom] Gruneberg for allowing me to experience three great years of varsity football, two state championships, and another positive journey through the postseason this year.  But, as I am destined to wrestle at the collegiate level at Harvard College, I must focus my training to improve my physique.  Being a lineman, I  carry extra weight which conversely needs to be shed in order to reach my pinnacle wrestling weight.  To achieve this goal, I focused on wrestling at a high level throughout practices which is very easy to attain due to my training partner, Cory Daniel, who I believe is the best practice partner and one of the best overall wrestlers in the state. 

My goal for this wrestling season is to win the individual wrestling title and help my team reach the ultimate goal of becoming dual meet state champions.  In order to reach my ultimate wrestling weight, there are major steps in my daily life that are necessary to lose weight.  My first step is to alter my diet so that I reduce the amount of “bad” calories, such as sugary food and excessive amounts of pasta, and increase my consumption of “good” calories, such as fruits, vegetables and protein.  The second step is working brutally hard during practice in order to lose as much weight as I can during the allotted amount of time while increasing my cardiovascular stamina.  The final step is to work out at the gym as necessary in order to afford myself a cheat meal once in a while as well as to increase my strength and cardiovascular stamina.  Its a circle; every step has an impact on the former and later step.  But, if I put my head down and plow through every day, the hard work pays off.  I am excited to begin my quest to win states and I am very grateful for my coach, Brandon Lauer, as he keeps me focused on my athletic, academic and social future.

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