Hollingshead gets his chance to shine

Name: D.J. Hollingshead

School: Altoona

Age: 16

Grade: Junior

Sport: Wrestling

Athlete of the week achievement: Hollingshead captured his first Northwest Regional tournament title and second state tournament berth by going 4-0 and beating Mifflin County’s Noah Stewart, 4-2, in the finals in a rematch of the District 6 finals. He also became the first Altoona junior to earn his 100th win with a pin in the first round.

Season update: Hollingshead is 34-2 with 17 pins.

Coach Joel Gilbert’s quote: “D.J. is a model student-athlete. He is well deserving of this honor, and the coaching staff and I are very proud of all of his accomplishments. His hard work and dedication to the sport and the program are paying off for him.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Simington

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Hangover Part III”

Favorite food: Roast beef with mashed potatoes

Favorite song: “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor

Outside interests: Fishing, four-wheeling

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Dan Gable

Best athlete I ever competed with: Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee

Best athlete I ever competed against: Larry Early of Illinois

Most influential person on my athletic career: Coach Gilbert, my dad [Jim] and John and Jody Strittmatter

Proudest athletic achievement: Taking fifth at nationals in Fargo, N.D.

How I got my start in wrestling: “My dad started me when I was 7.”

Future goal: “I hope to become a state champion this year or next year.”