It has not taken long for freshman wrestler Alex Fulton to find his place on the mats.
Weighing in at 113lb, Fulton, the son of Michelle Seibel and Keith Fulton, has quickly acclimated to the varsity level of competition so far in his first year as a member of the Panther wrestling team.
In December Fulton, who is also a member of the Bass Fishing Club, made a name for himself as he battled his way through tough competition at the Mascoutah Invitational Tournament. Early in the tournament Fulton took a beating but, came back to defeat the same wrestler from Collinsville he had lost to earlier in the tournament in the third place match. Fulton made a gutsy comeback in his third place finish at Mascoutah and his efforts on the mat are not surprising to his coaches.
According to head coach Glen Exton, Fulton is someone they have been aware of for some time now.
“You never know how a freshman is going to respond to varsity competition,” said Exton. “Alex had a lot good success at the younger level and we have had our eye on him for quite a few years, knowing he would be with us soon. It worked out well that he fit in at 113lb, you never know at that age when they go through growing spurts.”
One of Fulton’s strong points has been his ability to soundly use his fundamentals and mental game on the mat.
“He’s a really good technician, especially for a freshman,” said Exton. “He’s a very hard worker and has a lot of guts and determination in his matches.”
Fulton says that so far his season has gone as well as he could have hoped and most especially his match against Edwardsville where he was the only Panther to take home a win at the varsity level. He also is thankful for his teammates who have helped him along the way.
“I’ve looked up to Jack and the rest of the seniors to really help me catch up,” said Fulton. “My goal this year is to get to 30 wins so I can be on pace to break 100 by the end of high school.”
With 10 years of wrestling experience under his belt, both Fulton and coach Exton expect to him continue to grow as a wrestler over the course of the next three seasons.
“We expect him to keep getting better each year and there aren’t that many things we need to change. For the most part he came to us ready and has adapted very quickly. He seems like a veteran in our room already,” said Exton.