Stanton Shines on Mat and in Classroom

By WBNG News

December 16, 2010 Updated Dec 16, 2010 at 7:36 PM EDT

Greene, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Greene high school wrestling has produced many impressive athletes, in addition to just as many outstanding students.

Junior Kyle Stanton follows in both traditions.

A straight "A" student who is motivated to improve on last year's finish, Brendan O'Reilly shows how he steps up as this week's Mirabito Academic All Star.

"I have a lot of drive for this year, finished 2nd in the sectionals and I'm really working hard to get that sectional championship and do well in states," Stanton says.

Kyle Stanton has put in the work to get there.

Not just in practice, he also dedicated his summer to getting batter, and has the hardware to prove it.

" Well this summer I wrestled in the Empire state games in Buffalo and won both golds in freestyle and Greco. That was big for me, because my first offseason back and I did great," he says.

But Kyle has learned that being the best isn't all about being the strongest.

He's also done his work in the classroom.

He keeps up a 95 average in his classes, and he says he's kept busy with classes like pre calculus.

But that book work translates to the mat as well.

" He's probably going to be the top kid in the section if not the top 4 or in the state. He came on, he was injured early in his career, he's a student of the sport. He studies every kid that he wrestles. So I think that helps him a great deal," says Tim Jenks, Trojans head coach.

" You can understand how they are going to wrestle, what they are going to go for, and it really helps you build a game plan around winning that match. It's definitely getting to the point where I'm studying guys and realizing what I need to work on."

Kyle says his friends in school know him for his good grades, while people outside of the Greene community know him for his work on the mat.

Now you know him for both.

Kyle Stanton is this week's Mirabito Academic All star.

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