Belgrade wrestler Keevan Pickle has wrestled for the panthers since middle school. The senior says he loves the lifestyle on the mats.
"I feel like wrestlers have way more self discipline. They build more a relationship with their teammates," said Keevan Pickle.
Pickle is talented, but his coach says he has the intangibles that brings success.
"Keevan is one of those guys that has something that can't be coached, something we call grit. Just a determination that he's going to give it everything he's got every time," said Belgrade head coach Randy Schram.
"He works harder in the wrestling room than anybody I've ever dealt with. That's why I choose him as a partner. He makes me work hard even when I don't want to," said teammate Noah Criner.
While wrestling in the 160 pound weight class, Pickle has a unique way of beating his opponent.
"There's no other wrestling style or anybody like him. The way he wrestles he's out of position but he's in a good position for him," said Criner.
"His ability to execute the moves he does well and not get caught up in a brawling match as we call them when they just got at it he has really started to build structure around his wrestling style," said Coach Schram.
After not meeting expectations last season, Coach Schram says he can get to the finals this year.
"He had a rough last year as a junior. We struggled and we struggled and we struggled. He decided that this was going to be his year. He put in all the work in the off season. He hit the weight room went to all the camps," said Coach Schram.
"Just to prove people wrong. Looking back at state last year I felt like I should have been in the finals match and it just drives me every day," said Pickle.