Barton gets huge victory

Name: Matt Barton

School: Hollidaysburg

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Wrestling

Athlete of the week achievement: Barton captured the District 6 Class AAA championship at 285 pounds after a 4-0 decision over Bellefonte’s Garrett Poorman, a returning state placewinner and an opponent he had previously never beaten.

Season update: Barton is 25-3 as he heads to the regional tournament.

Coach Mike Moore’s quote: “He was fantastic this weekend. He probably wrestled Poorman 10 or more times in his career dating back to junior high and always came out on short end of the stick. He worked pretty hard the past couple of weeks and got the win he was looking for.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Rawlins

Favorite subject: History

Favorite movie: “Remember the Titans”

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite song: Anything by Taylor Swift

Outside interests: Football, track and field, golf, hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: West Virginia football

Pro athlete most admired: Troy Polamalu

Best athlete I ever played with: Luke Rhodes

Best athlete I ever competed against: Bellefonte’s Garrett Poorman

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the district championship

How I got my start in wrestling: In elementary school, my parents ecouraged me to try it to have an activity to do and I ended up sticking with it.

Future goal: To place at the state tournament in wrestling this year