Four-year varsity wrestler Shane Jensen is taking his last season on the mat by storm. With the help of some encouraging soon-to-be teammates and an interest in MMA, Jensen changed from a freshman unconcerned with sports to one of the most successful members on the Ugly Eagles wrestling roster. He is currently ranked seventh overall in North Coast Section for the 108-pound weight class and has taken home many placement medals Jensen won the Pittsburg High Invitational, took fifth at the Northgate High Bill Martel Invitational, third at the Granada High Mat Classic and eighth at the Liberty High Lou Bronzan Invitational.
Jensen credits his success to his teammates and coaching staff for setting very high expectations for him that he always attempts to surpass. His wrestling family and the bonds he has built with them are his favorite aspect of the sport, along with learning invaluable life lessons about the importance of structural integrity in mental and physical health.
Coach Casey Strand calls Jensen “the kind of athlete that every coach dreams of. Not only is he an absolute beast on the mat, he’s a wonderful human being and a great teammate.” A three-year member of the Clayton Valley Charter Digital Arts Academy, the senior plans on studying computer graphics and game design in college in order to pursue a career in that field.
CVCHS student journalist Alexa Oldham wrote this Spotlight.
The Pioneer congratulates Shane and thanks Athlete Spotlight sponsors Dr. Laura Lacey & Dr. Christopher Ruzicka who have been serving the Clayton and Concord area for 25 years at Family Vision Care Optometry, www.laceyandruzicka.com
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