Athletic student takes big jump


Blake Barrick is an avid wrestler who is taking wrestling to the next step at American University.

Ishmael Kirkwood, Reporter

Blake Barrick, senior at Big Spring High School, has recently committed to a D1 school named American University, a private university located in Washington D.C.

Barrick verbally committed on Oct 22, and is signing his letter of intent on the week of Nov 15.

“I committed to American University because of the strong wrestling tradition, the focus on academic rigor, and the networking and internship opportunities around Washington D.C.” He is thinking of majoring in Business Administration and wrestling at 184 lbs. “I’m not sure if they’ll have me start next year or if I’ll redshirt first.” The term “redshirt” means that he might practice with the team and participate in wrestling tournaments, but he won’t necessarily be participating in the matches.

The biggest reason that Barrick is committing to American University is because of the wrestling program. Barrick is currently 85 and 20 in wins and losses. He is averaging 28 wins per year, finishing with 28 wins and 5 losses last year. He is bound to hit 100 wins this upcoming season.

He started wrestling whenever he was 5. Not only does he wrestle for the school, but he also wrestles for Iron Eagle Wrestling Club, Team Nuaman Wrestling Club, and Renegade Force Wrestling Club. Not to mention, he placed at Freshman Nationals, Junior Nationals, Fargo Freestyle Nationals, and the Super 32 Challenge, as well as being a state qualifier and winning District 3 last year.

Catch Blake Barrick on the mat this season to see him get his 100th win!