135 Lb. Wrestler Quietly Builds Impressive Season


If you have watched Longhorn wrestling this year, you have seen a young man quietly put together a very impressive season at 135 pounds.

Isaac Cluff is a junior and a veteran of five years of organized wrestling, mostly at the middle school under coach Doug Eckhardt and at the varsity level with coach Dave LaMotte.


Isaac Cluff

Cluff is part of a family tradition of wrestling that goes back a number of years when his father Dr. David Cluff was a very successful Westwood Warrior grappler in the early 1970s.

Isaac's older brother, David, was the Longhorns' 145-pound wrestler and earned two state medals during his brief high school career.

The Cluff family supports and encourages their next son, Isaac, as he wrestles his way to success.

Every coach wants a team that has his attributes. Isaac always wants to improve and is quick to listen to his coach's wishes.

In the practice room, he has a tremendous work ethic, which enables Isaac to wrestle hard for six minutes, which often makes an opponent "fold the tent" in period three of a wrestling match.

When hard work and workability combine in a student athlete, good things happen on the wrestling mat as well as in the classroom.

Isaac is an honor roll student who is taking advanced placement classes and happens to have an "A" average academically.

He still finds time to be active in his church and the Boy Scouts, where he has reached the highest achievement -- Eagle Scout.

When you watch the Longhorns in action at the conference tournament on Feb. 3 in the Wilson Dome, look for the 135-pound. Payson grappler who is quick to smile that sheepish grin, as he finishes off another opponent on his way to a berth in the state meet.

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