Washington’s Warner is World-Class

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Coming off back-to-back individual state titles and his school’s first team state championship, Washington senior Jacob Warner said this season is business as usual.

“State championship was our goal, but we just want to get better,” Warner said. “We’re hungry. We’re hungry like every season, and I hope even after I leave, we’re still going to be that way.”

Before he leaves, Warner is polishing off one of the best high school careers in state history. He is the nation’s top-ranked wrestler at 195 pounds and just won a Walsh Ironman title in Ohio, one of the toughest tournaments in the country. This fall, he also signed the premier college wrestling program, the Iowa Hawkeyes.

“I definitely think I can go there and not only fulfill my NCAA dreams, but also my Olympic dreams,” he said.

Surprisingly, Warner never had Olympic dreams until last summer, when he worked out at the Olympic Training Center and competed with USA Wrestling in Russia and the country of Georgia.

“They don’t wrestle anything like us,” Warner said. “They have a different feel, and you can only get that going overseas. The best wrestling is overseas, I believe, and when you have goals to be an Olympic champ, you have to go overseas and wrestle them.”

Warner’s wrestling career has already taken him across the globe. But his training and his journey are just beginning.

“In 2024, I want to win the Olympics,” Warner said. “Win world titles, win the Olympics, represent the U.S., Washington, Illinois and my family.”

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