Q&A | Trinity wrestler Ian Kahl's goal: Win State

Q&A | Trinity wrestler Ian Kahl's goal: Win State


Q&A | Trinity wrestler Ian Kahl's goal: Win State


Ian Kahl has won 22 of 24 wrestling matches this season and is ranked second in the state behind Clay Brown of Walton-Verona in the 145-pound class. He won at that weight in Jefferson of County’s Tournament of Champions after winning at 138 in the 2013 meet. He also won a Region Four title last year and finished fifth at the state tourney after placing seventh at 112 as a freshman and seventh at 125 as a sophomore. He will lead Trinity at the State Duals meet this weekend at Montgomery County.

How did you get started in wrestling?

I was really into baseball, but in the fifth grade I took up wrestling to help me in baseball. You use your hips a lot swinging at a baseball, and I thought wrestling would keep me in shape. I quit baseball after the sixth grade. Wrestling is a sport you’re either all in it or not.

What’s been your biggest thrill in wrestling?

That came in my freshman year. Felix Casa Del Valle of Seneca beat me three times, but in the regional I ended up beating him in overtime. In the 112 class at State, I finished seventh and he placed second.

Have you wrestled Clay Brown this season?

No. I was supposed to wrestle him at the South Oldham Invitational last weekend (the meet was canceled because of the weather). I wrestled him twice last year and I beat him twice. Win State is my goal.

What are your plans for college?

I have applied to U of L, but before school I will go to basic training in the Army for 20 weeks, then enter U of L the second semester. I’ll start in the ROTC program there my sophomore year. I want to study criminal justice and drug enforcement. I’ve been interested in the military ever since (brother) Shane joined the Army. I think wrestling will give me more of an edge in basic training, me knowing how to work out.

What do you want to do as a career?

I’m thinking of the military as a steppingstone to my career. I want to be a police enforcer at the federal level. That’s why I’ll be taking drug enforcement at U of L.

What other sports do you enjoy?

I’m a big hunter for deer, turkey and geese. I like to fish, too. We go to a few places in Indiana, Taylorsville and Nolin lakes in Kentucky, and I like to fish in the ocean. We’ve also gone to the Lake of the Woods on the border of Minnesota and Canada.

What’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught?

An amberjack that measured 39 inches and weighed between 30 and 35 pounds. I caught it in the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. I’ve traveled a lot.


* Trinity * Senior * Wrestling. * Kahl has raised his GPA to a 2.85 this semester and has been on the varsity wrestling team four years, moving up one weight class each year. He hopes to make his fourth straight trip to the state tournament in February. He plans to attend the University of Louisville, which doesn’t have a wrestling program. * He lives with his mother, Rhonda, and father, Troy, who played baseball for Trinity and Murray State University. Ian is the youngest of four siblings. His brothers are Shane, 26, and Ryan, 22, both in the military. Sister Makenzie, 19, is a freshman at Murray State. * “Ian has worked harder academically this year than he has in the past three years. He told me he wanted to be our team’s leader. I told him he would have to do other things than just wrestling. He’s done an awesome job, both academically and on the mat. He’s one of the strongest kids on the team, he’s quick and athletic. He’s has a good chance to win at State.”School: Year:Sport: Student-athlete: Family: Coach Eddie Rudolph:

— Bob White


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