Kyle Kelly - Academic All-Star

By WBNG News

February 9, 2012 Updated Feb 9, 2012 at 9:48 PM EDT

Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) When it comes to wrestling, he's got some big shoes to fill.

But he's done so in his first couple of seasons at Chenango Forks.

He uses his mind to beat opponents, and in the classroom where he carries a 94 average.

Action Sports reporter Gabe Osterhout introduces us to Chenango Forks junior Kyle Kelly, this week's Academic All-Star.

Wrestling is in Kyle Kelly's blood.

He started when he was a little boy.

His father and his uncle were wrestlers.

He's related to one of the most successful wrestlers in Section 4 history, Troy Nickerson.

Now, 99 pound Kyle Kelly is making his own mark on a wrestling rich tradition at Chenango Forks.

The junior is the defending sectional and state champion at his weight class.

Now, he's on the quest for number 2.

"I think I'm more hungry to get number 2 because I have to go back and defend it. It's a lot of pressure but been working hard," he says.

Part of the reason for Kelly's success on the mat is his intellect.

He says he uses the philosophy of chain wrestling, or seeing a move three ahead of where he is.

"That basically is my style. I try and look ahead to outsmart my opponent. It generally happens during the course of a match and in certain situations, through practicing, you just know what to do...it's almost 3rd nature," says Kelly.

"Wrestling is the kind of sport where you have to be very cerebral with and you have to look at it as kind of a technical chess game when you compete each and every match," says coach Rick Gumble.

Kelly carries a 94 average and says his favorite subject is American History.

He hopes to write his own history with a repeat as a section champion and a state champion, not only this year, but in his senior year as well.

From there, he hopes to continue his career at a Division One university, and maybe earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

And that's why Kyle Kelly is this week's Academic All-Star.

In the Town of Chenango, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.

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