Moore starred on the wrestling mat and played three other sports for the Bobcats
2015 Norwayne High School graduate Kollin Moore capped his standout four-year prep wrestling career this past March by winning the 182-pound Division III state title to capture the first championship in program history.
Moore, who will wrestle at Ohio State next season, didn’t give up an offensive point as a senior en route to posting a 51-0 record and earning MVP honors at each tournament in which he competed. He placed second at the state meet each of the previous two seasons.
The decorated prep grappler was around age 5 when he first wrestled in a tournament. That should come as no surprise, considering his dad, Jon, won an Ohio high school state championship in 1982 and his brother, Kurt, was a two-time state placer for the Bobcats.
Taking into account the athletic exploits and accomplishments of his siblings, it makes perfect sense that Moore – who was also a member of Norwayne’s football, soccer and track and field teams – was a four-sport high school athlete.
“The best part about being a multiple-sport athlete is you’re always doing something different,” Moore said. “I also liked that I could share my interest in each sport with my other family members.”
Kurt, of course, served as Kollin’s training partner on the wrestling mat. Older sister Katelyn was a track athlete at Ashland University. Kurt, who is currently a member of Malone University’s men’s soccer team, and Kloe, a rising sophomore at Norwayne, supplied ample competition on the soccer pitch.
Kollin joining the football team as its placekicker grew out of a desire to spend more time with friends.
“A lot of my good friends played football,” Moore said. “I liked kicking for football because I got to be with them and still play soccer.”
Being a multi-sport athlete presented Moore with a constant challenge.
“I never got bored at sports because there were so many things to get good at,” Moore said.
Excel, he did. In addition to his wrestling accolades, Moore earned first-team all-county honors in both soccer and track. On the gridiron, the three-year letterwinner’s 91 extra-point conversions rank first in program history.
Moore, who compiled a 3.8 cumulative GPA, plans to study business marketing or business administration at OSU in hopes of one day being hired as a market analyst for Disney.
The recent high school grad recently reflected on his time at Norwayne – in and out of the classroom – for USATODAYhss.com/Cleveland. Check out the Q&A below to learn more.
Q: What do you remember most about your first wrestling match?
A: I was around 5 years old and I went to a tournament with my dad and older brother. I was so excited to finally wear a singlet and wrestle like I had watched my brother do the year before. I did not win my first match, but I still got a trophy.
Q: What was the highlight of your high school athletic career?
A: The highlight of my high school career was winning the state tournament as a senior and winning Division III Most Valuable Wrestler. I had been second for a long time, so it felt great to finally stand on top.
Q: What moment for your final varsity wrestling match do you think you’ll remember for the rest of your life?
A: The best moment of my last wrestling match was at the very end when I got my hand raised and got to hug my family. They played a huge part in my success.
Q: What is one piece of advice you received from one of your coaches that you’ll likely remember for the rest of your life?
A: The best advice a coach gave me was that good things happen to good people. If you do the right things, then good things come back to you. You may never see your hard work pay off in your sport, but you will in life. My dad “coach” gave me that advice.
Q: What did it mean to you to be a Norwanye Bobcat?
A: To be a Norwayne Bobcat means family, community and work ethic. We are a very small school with limited resources, but if you need anything, they will try their hardest to get you that. We are a very close family who always supports each other in every sporting event. At my state tournament this year, it felt like the whole school was there to watch me. It was really nice to know that you were being supported by all of your friends. When I went into the back room for pictures, it was filled with Norwayne people congratulating me. It was amazing and made winning even more special.
Q: What is your fondest memory from your time with your teammates outside of practice and competition?
A: My best memories with my teammates off the mats are just having them over for fires and just to hang out. Most of the time, we couldn’t eat much so we needed to be around each other, toughing it out together. It made a lot easier to cope with temptations.
Q: Which high school teacher made the greatest impact on your life?
A: The teacher who made the biggest impact on my life was Mr. (Brad) Helenthal. He taught history, which I was very passionate about. I got along very well with him. We did not always agree on our view points, but he would talk with me about it and treat me like an adult and that meant a lot.
Q: What was the greatest non-athletic accomplishment of your career?
A: My greatest non-athletic high school accomplishment was being selected Teen of the Month from my school. It was an honor to me because the teachers all voted on who they thought should get it based on character. It really meant a lot to me that all of the teachers thought so highly of me.
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