Burkett does his part for Ridge

Name: Kai Burkett

School: Chestnut Ridge

Age: 16

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Wrestling

Athlete of the week achievement: Burkett helped the Lions finish third in the PIAA Class 2A Duals Tournament in Hershey by going undefeated. He won by fall, technical fall, regular decision twice and by forfeit. He didn’t give up a point in his matches.

Season update: Burkett is 27-3 with 14 pins and three technical falls.

Coach Greg Lazor’s quote: “Kai has been working really hard. He’s a dedicated kid who does a lot of work after practice. He’s always working to get better. He’s a quiet fellow who goes about his business and is on the right path.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. McDonald

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “BASEketball”

Favorite food: Seafood

Favorite music: Pop

Outside interests: Hunting, fishing

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Lehigh

Pro athlete most admired: Troy Polamalu

Best athlete I ever competed against: My brother, Aaron

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad, Aaron, and my uncle, Josh Deputy

Proudest athletic achievement: Placing third in the state at the PIAA Duals

How I got my start in wrestling: “My dad got me started when I was 3.”

Future goal: To be a state champ

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