Wrestling duo transitions from pitch to mat

The difference is 52,556 square feet, give or take.

For the last three months, Harrison High School senior Cam Baird and junior Hunter Chaney have been running around area soccer fields, which usually measure 100 yards by 60 yards. (To be fair, Chaney, as a goalkeeper, stays in a more confined area than does Baird, a midfielder.)

For the next four-plus months, they will compete on a 38-by-38-foot mat, in close and almost constant contact with their opponents, as two of Harrison’s top wrestlers.

While it is not all that unusual for student-athletes to compete in those two particular sports – Harrison soccer coach Chris Johnson said he had several over the years – there are distinct differences between the physical and mental demands of the two sports – challenges that Baird and Chaney welcome.



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