Athlete Spotlight: Clarke County wrestler Logan Withers
Posted: December 10, 2013
Clarke County High School 17-year-old junior
Weight class: 182 pounds
Parents: Grayson and Tonya Withers
Hometown: Manassas (moved to White Post in second grade)
Nickname: Everybody just calls me Withers.
What you love about wrestling: I like any kind of physical sport. I like brute strength and technique, and that’s why I like football a lot too. I can stay active, I get to move a lot, it’s good for you to stay in shape and healthy, and people get to beat each other up.
Biggest strength and weakness in wrestling: [Strength], probably on my feet. I’m more comfortable trying to take someone down or fight someone off. I try to use my strength. [Weakness], the bottom. My technique on the bottom still needs a little improvement. If someone’s riding you, I just need to try and get back to my feet and get one [point].
Funniest person on the team: Ben Wallace. He’s always got a smile on his face and he always has something funny to say to anybody. It’s funny when he messes with [assistant] Coach Rob [Osuch].
Something people may not know about Coach Jon VanSice: He’s in a wheelchair, but he’s really hands-on and he’s out there on the mat with us most of the time. Even though he can’t get up and show us physically, he’s got a lot of advice to put in, he’s always got something to say, he’s always helping people out.
Most memorable moment in wrestling: It’s got to be my first pin. That’s what you’re aiming for. You pin someone, it’s a good feeling, a dominant feeling, and the first one-ever made me feel good. That happened in my freshman year, my first year of wrestling, against Dominion in the second period.
Favorite athlete: [Former N.Y. Giants linebacker] Lawrence Taylor. He was nasty, he was always out there hitting people, and he was aggressive.
Favorite sports team: Washington Redskins
Three people you can have dinner with, dead or alive: Taylor, [boxer] Muhammad Ali, and [Clarke County athletic director and football assistant] Coach [Casey] Childs. Ali was the greatest heavyweight in my opinion who ever lived. A big guy like that, moving like he did, is impressive. And Coach Childs just because he’s a funny dude.
Favorite place to eat in town: Jane’s Lunch [in Berryville]. Mitzie [Myers, the owner], is very supportive of all the athletes. She’s always out there cheering for us, and when we come in she’s very sweet, she’s nice, she’s kind, and she cooks for us all the time. She’s just a huge help to the community.
Plans after high school: Join the Marine Corps. I just want to serve something bigger than me. I want to go through basic training, have some discipline, some order, and be able to say I did something much greater than myself.
— Compiled by Robert Niedzwiecki