When Alta's Jon Nielsen steps onto the wrestling mat, he knows the outcome lies on his shoulders alone.
Nielsen has spent the past four years pinning his opponents' shoulders to the mat as he became the first Alta wrestler to reach the 100 victory mark last week. Nielsen reached this milestone at the Laurens tournament and has since added four more victories to his career.
Nielsen, who has been wrestling since the second grade said he didn't start the season looking for his 100th win, but that he'll take it.
"Once I got under ten wins, I knew it would probably happen," Nielsen said. "I just sat back and waited. It's been a lot of fun, but it's really not that important when you look at the big picture."
Nielsen became interested in wrestling by attending youth wrestling tournaments in elementary school.
"My mom would take me to a wrestling tournament every weekend," Nielsen said. "Every weekend since second grade my mom has hauled me around."
Nielsen's mom has also played an important part in her son's wrestling career by making sure his favorite shirt and socks are clean for every match.
"I always wear the same shirt and the same pair of socks," Nielsen said. "It's just part of the packing job the night before. Since I don't ever do laundry, my mom always has them cleaned. She knows how important they are."
Read the rest of this article in the 2/08 Pilot Tribune.