Sherburne-Earlville senior Spencer Franklin gave up football this past fall. It’s a sport he played through high school, and he was a solid contributor on the Marauders’ six-win season in 2010. Instead, he decided to place all of his energy, effort, and focus on becoming the best wrestler possible, and make the most out of his final high school season.
Through the first six weeks of the 2011-2012 season, Franklin is proving he made a wise choice.
“Spencer made up his mind after last year that was going to give everyting he had his senior year, and he wrestled with me almost all year long,” said S-E head coach Bim Palmer.
For 10 of the last 12 months, Franklin’s extracurricular focus was almost entirely on wrestling. Those other two months, he only took a break at Palmer’s request. “He needed to get away from wrestling and just be a kid,” Palmer said. “He’s just worked so hard and he kept his weight down.”
Franklin, like the majority of high school wrestlers, has steadily moved up in weight beginning with his freshman year at 103 pounds through his junior year, where he wrestled at 125 and sometimes 130 pounds.