Weighing in at 285 pounds, Thunder Mountain High School senior heavyweight wrestler Cole Bossio is a load to take down.
Bossio, also a starting center and nose tackle for the Southeast Conference champion Falcons football team, loves spending time outdoors, has an interest in studying to become a physical therapist or athletic trainer, and he's also hoping to continue his football and wrestling careers in college.
He has wrestled since sixth grade and is coming off a third place finish in last week's tournament in Ketchikan. Bossio said he feels like he matches up well going into regions and has high hopes for state, though he understands he still has a lot of work to do before the state tournament in December.
What are your other interests outside of wrestling and football?
"I like the outdoors a lot. I like to go hunting and camping when it's nice outside; ride bikes or go hike up Mt. Roberts or something like that. I like fishing a lot too. I go halibut fishing whenever I get a chance. I just like being outside, being active and hanging out with friends."
What are your academic interests?
"I like science, anatomy, physiology and health. I plan on studying something in the health field in college so that I can become a physical therapist or an athletic trainer. I like studying the human body and it would give me a chance to help people."
What are your plans for next year?
"I'm looking at different colleges for both football and wrestling. I'm looking at a couple of Division III schools in Iowa and Wyoming, and I'm really curious about Idaho right now because it's still close to home but far enough away that I can get that down south feeling."
What's your favorite part about wrestling?
"It's one on one. It's just you and him. In any other sport, like football or basketball, it's a team effort and you can put the blame or the glory on different people. But with wrestling, when the ref raises your hand, that was your accomplishment."
"The training is the hardest part. You have to be strong, conditioned, and you have to be technical, too. You have to have a good combination of everything."