Athletes of the Week – December 22


Dawson Combest, Columbus East junior wrestler

Combest pinned his first two opponents and scored a technical fall in the 132-pound title match to win Most Outstanding Wrestler honors in Saturday’s Columbus East Invitational.

His performance last week: “I feel like I wrestled well. I definitely tried to stay in my positions, which I feel like I completed, and I tried to incorporate more offense and score as fast and as many points as I possibly could in the time given.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “I always eat a peanut butter and jelly (sandwich).”

Favorite drink: “Sweet tea”

Favorite food: “Steak”

Favorite book: “Into the Wild”

Favorite class: “Weights”

Role model: “(Former Ohio State wrestler) Logan Stieber”

Best advice: “Intensity isn’t for everyone, but neither is success.”

Athletics goal: “I want to wrestle Division I in college.”

If you could travel anywhere: “I want to go back to Aruba. It was beautiful. It was the nicest place I’ve ever been or seen.”


Tori Chandler, Hauser junior basketball player

Chandler, an exchange student from Australia, scored 22 points in a win against Edinburgh and 10 points in a loss to Triton Central and had 20 points and five steals in Saturday’s win at West Washington.

Her performance last week: “I think at practices, everyone hustles, and that sets us up to do well in the game. My performances have been a result of great teamwork and effort.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “I always go home and nap before each game. Then before tipoff, I always eat almonds.”

Favorite drink: “Mocha frappucino”

Favorite food: “Tacos”

Favorite book: “’Paper Towns’ by John Green”

Favorite class: “(Physical education) or math”

Role model: “Matthew Dellavadova”

Best advice: “Be so good people can’t ignore you.”

Athletics goal: “I always like to be a player everyone wants on their team on and off the court.”

If you could travel anywhere: “The Greek Islands because they’re absolutely breathtaking, and there would be so many places to explore.”