Salt River High School freshman Jason James Jr. has qualified to be a member of the Arizona Wrestling Team, which will compete in Fargo, North Dakota in the Fargo Dome at North Dakota State University (NDSU). The tournament, which will take place July 18-26, is the DASICS/Vaughan Cadet & Junior Nationals. James is the first wrestler in Eagles history to qualify for Nationals.
James placed third in a tournament earlier in the year at Desert Vista High School. He and two other wrestlers will travel to Fargo to wrestle for the Arizona team in the heavyweight division, at the 285-pound weight class.
“Jason has an incredible work ethic and trusts in the teachings of his coaches,” explained Na Humma, SRHS wrestling coach. “He is also the type of kid to ask questions when things don’t go right, and he wants to learn everything he can to be the absolute best he can be. He’s a blessing to have in the room, because of his great attitude; he helps to set the tone of the room during practices and even when we’re away to competitions. Another key to Jason’s success up to this point is the support of his family.”
Au-Authm Action News had a chance to meet up with James and ask him some questions so our readers could get to know him.
Q: How long have you wrestled?
A: Two years.
Q: What is your tribal affiliation?
Q: What does this honor mean for you?
A: It means a lot, because I am the first [wrestler] out of Salt River High School [to compete in Nationals].
Q: Who are your parents and grandparents?
A: My parents are Darla and Jason James Sr., and my grandparents are Roxie and Bert Andrews.
Q: What has been the highlight of your season?
A: Having a 20-13 record as a freshman.
Q: What was the most challenging part of the season?
A: The wrestle-off against my teammate to [determine] who got to go to State finals.
Q: What are your goals over the summer?
A: I am trying to prepare for next year’s wrestling season.
Q: How will you prepare for this meet in North Dakota?
A: I am trying to work more on my technique a bit. [I also have been weightlifting] to [help me] lift opponents off the ground.
Q: Would you like to add anything else?
A: I wish that my Community would support me when I am in North Dakota competing.
James will be competing in both the Freestyle and Greco-Roman categories, the Olympic styles of wrestling. Keep an eye out for a follow-up article in Au-Authm Action News after he returns from North Dakota.
For more information about the SRHS wrestling program or how to support James, call Na Humma at (480) 362-2000.