After missing most of his senior season with a right knee injury, Jesus Rosado won the 132-pound class at the Region Four meet last Friday at Trinity, defeating Ben Barton of Trinity 13-4 in the final. Rosado won his three matches on two major decisions and a technical fall.
He will compete in the state tournament Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Last year he reached the quarterfinals before losing 7-5 to Sean Fausz of Campbell County. As a junior, Rosado won the 126-pound division at the King of the Bluegrass meet at Fairdale.
How did your introduction to wrestling go?
At first I didn’t want to wrestle, but Coach (Mike) Thomas kept asking me to come out for the team. I finally tried it and I got beat up badly, but I don’t like to quit, so I went back. I’m glad I did now. It’s changed me as a person. It’s made me learn to work hard.
When did you injure your knee? How hard was it to sit out most of the regular season?
I wrestled the first weekend of the season and had a 4-1 record when I tore a cartilage in my right knee the second weekend. It was hard to sit out because I knew I would have done well this year. I didn’t know if I could come back. I wasn’t fully back until last week.
Could you wrestle Fausz again this weekend at State?
He’s in the opposite side of the bracket from me. We could meet in the final, or if we both lose early we could meet then (in wrestle backs). He’s very tough. He came out the winner last year. I had no excuses. I scored first, but he beat me.
What’s been your biggest thrill in wrestling?
Winning close matches. I had some close ones in the regional last year. The kid I beat in the regional then (Ian Kahl of Trinity) had beaten me 5-3 before that. I beat him 4-2 in overtime a week before the region and 6-4 in the region.
What’s your goal this time at State?
To win it all. Fausz is the favorite at 132. I’m ranked fourth.
You say you won’t wrestle in college. What will you study?
English. I want to be an English teacher. I like to read and write.
Did you work last summer?
I worked with my mother in the YMCA’s child care at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. It helped me working with kids because I want to be a teacher. I’ll probably do that this summer, too.
How do you spend your free time?
I listen to rap and rock music. I read three or four books a month. I read one on the Roman Empire. I watch “Games of Thrones” on TV’s HBO. It actually was a book series I had read and I got interested in it. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie “Lords of Salem” when it comes here in April. It’s a scary movie.
Is it hard to tell your twin sisters apart?
No. They don’t look alike. They were just born on the same day.
JESUS ROSADO UP CLOSE
Student/athlete: Jesus has a 3.0 GPA with advanced English his favorite subject. He also enjoys biology and pre-calculus. Jesus scored a 25 on the ACT and has been accepted by the University of Louisville, where he plans to major in English. This is his fourth season on the wrestling team.
Family: Jesus lives with his parents, Esther and Jaime Rosado. He has three brothers — Jimmy, 24, Jay, 22, and Jack, 21 — and three sisters: Juliette, 19, and twins Jewell and Joy, 16, who are juniors at Moore and members of the cross country team.
Coach Mike Thomas: “I had Jesus in my (physical education) class as a freshman, and I kept bugging him to come out for the wrestling team. He got tired of me begging him, so he came out. I guess he wanted to shut me up. He’s not real athletic, but he’s a good kid and I want good kids on my team. He won seven matches as a freshman, but you could tell he wanted to learn. He’s worked hard at it.”
— Bob White