Male Athlete of Week: McClellan’s hard work paying off

Name: Parker McClellan

School: Altoona

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Wrestling

Athlete of the week achievement: Won the 195-pound title this past weekend at the Panther Holiday Tournament.

Season update: McClellan is 9-0 in the early going with four of those victories by fall.

Coach Joel Gilbert’s quote: “Any time you beat a state placewinner to win a weight class in a tournament, it is an outstanding achievement. Parker is one of the hardest workers on the team. He is always looking to get better, to progress in the sport, and that is what he does. We could not ask for a better individual, or for a better wrestler.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Gilbert

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: “Step Brothers”

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite song: Anything by AC/DC

Outside interests: Lift weights, hang out with friends

Favorite professional team: Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Antonio Brown

Best athlete I ever competed against: Gavin Hoffman from Montoursville

Most influential person on my athletic career: Coach Gilbert

Proudest athletic achievement: Qualifying for states last season

How I got my start in wrestler: My parents signed me up when I was in fourth grade

Future goal: Either wrestle in college or join the military.