Claar reaching higher

Name: Derrick Claar

School: Chestnut Ridge

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Wrestling

Athlete of the week achievement: Claar went 2-0 on Saturday in the District 5 Duals. His pin of Berlin Brothersvalley’s Storm McDonald late in 5:26 of a close 138-pound bout was key in the dual meet win. Ridge won the team title.

Season update: Claar is 25-5 with 12 pins.

Coach Greg Lazor’s quote: “Derrick continues to work hard. He’s always been a good wrestler for us, but his continued development has him reaching to an upper tier where he is competing with and beating some of the top wrestlers in the state.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Fisher

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Never Back Down”

Favorite food: Chinese food

Favorite music: Rock

Outside interests: Playing golf, hanging out with friends and girlfriend

Favorite professional team: Oakland Raiders

Favorite college team: Notre Dame

Pro athlete most admired: Michael Jordan

Best athlete I ever played with: Dan Albright

Best athlete I ever competed against: Bethlehem Catholic’s Darian Cruz

Most influential person on my athletic career: Mr. Lazor

Proudest athletic achievement: “Winning districts my freshman year.”

How I got my start in wrestling: “One of my friends in first grade told me he was going to a wrestling practice, and I asked if I could go and got my dad to take me.”

Future goal: “To place at states.”