Caldwell wrestling standout Kameron Rayner is hoping to be an All-Ohio honoree for the second straight year in Columbus Saturday.
Sports: wrestling, football, track and field
Top awards: All-Ohio as a seventh placer in wrestling; Third-team All-Ohio in football
Colleges being considered: undecided; after high school graduation, may enter the working world as a welder
Family: Jim and Sheri (father and mother); one older brother Kale, who is now wrestling at Wheeling Jesuit; younger brother Kolby, a Caldwell sophomore who's qualified for state at 126; and one younger sister Claudia
Question: What is your favorite sport?
Answer: Wrestling. I've been wrestling since I was 4-years-old in the pee wee league. In wrestling, it's pretty individual, and it's pretty much just yourself. There's nobody else there, like in football. If you mess up in wrestling, you've got nobody to blame but yourself.
Q: What was it like standing on the podium (at 138) at the state wrestling tournament last year?
A: It was a pretty big moment and a great feeling, looking out at all the people - and knowing that I represented Caldwell. I'll never forget it. I'm hoping to do it again this weekend at 132. And, if I were to win it all, that would be so awesome.
It's going to be very tough, though, because everyone is good when you get to state. I think I've got as good a shot as anybody, though. I just need to perform at my best.
Q: How would you characterize your wrestling style?
A: Be on the offense, and be aggressive. I like to use my quickness.
Q: Do you feel like a wrestling mentor to younger brother Kolby, also a 2014 state qualifier?
A: Well, we do practice together every day. I try to offer him some helpful hints. And, I'm really excited that we're both going to state.
Q: What was it like wrestling Waterford's Austin Lang at district?
A: It was pretty cool. We've actually practiced together before.
Q: Your wrestling quickness sure came in handy in football, didn't it?
A: (Laughs) I played defensive end at 145 pounds. I was pretty light, and when we played Shadyside, I had to go up against guys who were 300 pounds.
Q: Do you feel like you've achieved all of your sports goals in your senior season?
A: Well, we had a really good football season, and won a playoff game. That was really great.
I would say that I've achieved everything so far, but I have one more goal - and hopefully I can achieve that this weekend.
My brother Kale was a three-time state qualifier and a state placer in his junior year. He has 157 career wins, and I'm only two behind him.
Q: What about track and field?
A: I run the 200, 400 and 800 in track, but I'm not as good at that sport as the others. Dugan Hill is a great coach, though.
Q: Who has influenced you or impacted your sports career at Caldwell?
A: My parents. They've always been good about taking me to camps and tournaments.
Q: What do you do when you're not playing sports?
A: I fish and ride 4-wheelers. I like dirt track racing.
I've also been following the Steiber brothers (Hunter and Logan) on the Ohio State wrestling team.
Really, though, with me playing three sports at Caldwell, I really don't have a whole lot of extra time to do anything else.
Ron Johnston, firstname.lastname@example.org