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January 16, 2013

WRESTLING WEDNESDAY: FC’s Ottersbach succeeding on mat, in classroom

Senior posts 23-3 record

FLOYDS KNOBS — If there is one word to describe Nick Ottersbach’s tenure at Floyd Central, it would have to be perseverance.

Ottersbach’s hard work has made him one of the top wrestlers on the Highlanders’ wrestling team and a successful student at FCHS.

On the mats this season, the senior is sporting a 23-3 record in the 220-pound division. Ottersbach won his first Hoosier Hills Conference title last weekend at Seymour and captured his second consecutive championship at the Old Capital Classic in Corydon on Jan. 5.

Ottersbach will be vying to win the 220-pound title for the second year in a row at the Jeffersonville Sectional on Jan. 26.

“Nick has had a really, really good season so far. He’s been wrestling really well,” said Floyd Central coach Brandon Sisson, who began coaching the senior when he was a student at Galena Elementary School. “At the beginning of the year, Nick was ranked seventh or eighth and he’s wrestled a lot of the guys that are ranked up there. He definitely has a very good opportunity to go pretty far in the postseason.”

In the classroom, Ottersbach has a 3.7 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. He currently ranks in the top 10 percent of his class at Floyd Central and made the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-State team last year.

Ottersbach also is participating in a new pharmacy program at the Prosser Career Education Center in New Albany. The program requires Ottersbach to take one weekly class at Prosser and work at an area pharmacy each week.

Ottersbach’s participation in the pharmacy program has forced him to alter his practice schedule with the wrestling team, as he misses a couple of days of regular practice each week.

But Sisson credits Ottersbach for planning ahead in coordinating a new practice schedule.

“He has done an amazing job of giving us his schedule from December all the way to February as far as when he has to work and when he has classes,” Sisson said. “He’s done a great job of relaying to us when he’s going to be here and when he’s not going to be here. We kind of worked out that we were going to help him out around that [schedule].

“He’s very smart. He’s right up there with the best grades on the team. He was Academic All-State last year and I expect him to be Academic All-State this year.”

On Tuesday afternoon, the News and Tribune traveled to Floyd Central to talk to Ottersbach about the wrestling season, his quest to be a pharmacist and other items.

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