Scholar Athlete: Northside Wrestling, Josh Bowers
Northside senior wrestler Josh Bowers enters into his senior season looking to make it back to state individually, and as a team after their season ended last year in region play.
“We placed second my sophomore year and last year we came up a point short to Columbus for placing second, so we are hoping this year to make up that point and at least make it to team state. I myself, have done really well. I lost a match to a really tough kid and looking forward to the rest of the season,” says Bowers.
The wrestling lifestyle is far from an easy one. Including high school practice, Josh is also on the road four nights a week at club practice. He’s also looking to cut his current weight from 145 to 138 over the holidays.
“It can be hard with the dieting. That’s probably the hardest part, because you have to manage your diet, watch what you eat and drink, and then just slowly cut that out as it comes to weigh-ins,” says Bowers.
Dieting takes a toll on the body mentally and he’s still able to maintain a 4.1 GPA as well as taking three AP classes.
“You have to have good grades to get into college and even if I do wrestle in college, having good grades is imperative to stay on the team because otherwise you’ll lose your scholarship if you start failing,” says Bowers.
Josh hopes to study pediatric medicine in college.
Congratulations to Josh Bowers of Northside high school this week’s WLTZ scholar athlete.