Segraves signs with Spartans
PLYMOUTH — Jacob Segraves’ passion for wrestling isn’t a lifelong love affair, but one that grew over time.
It’s a love affair that he’ll get to continue at the collegiate level as the Plymouth senior recently signed on with Manchester College.
“I’m pretty excited to be able to wrestle at the next level,” Segraves said. “That’s something that I didn’t really think about because I never really pictured myself wrestling. I kind of fell in love with it and everything about it. Hopefully I can just help out Manchester and do everything I need to do. It’s something I look forward to doing.”
Manchester is an NCAA Division III program that closed out the 2011 season with a sixth-place finish at the Midstates Wrestling Conference Tournament and a win over Mount St. Joseph at a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference dual meet. The Spartans also saw one wrestler qualify for the Division III nationals.
It’s a program with close ties to home as Plymouth High School Assistant Coach Ryan Rust is himself a Manchester alum.
“I knew some friends that had gone down to Manchester to wrestle and Coach Rust had wrestled at Manchester,” said Segraves. “They were just one of the schools I was looking at. I went down to visit, and I really liked it. I got in touch with the coach, and I liked him; a lot of the stuff he did was the same as Coach (Bob) Read so I just liked the program.”
Segraves is a two-year PHS varsity wrestler who qualified for semistate at 215 pounds as a junior in his first year with the Rockies varsity and closed out a strong senior season with a record of 27-9 at 189 pounds at the Rochester Regional last winter.
His success in the sport of wrestling is a product of hard work and determination more than anything else, says PHS Head Wrestling Coach Bob Read.
“Jacob is one that’s really worked pretty hard,” said the Rockies coach. “Coming out of junior high he was a real so-so wrestler and what he did from the time we got him as a freshman to the time he graduated was really pretty phenomenal because of how he improved.
“He’s going to bring a work ethic (to Manchester). I know there are going to be kids in the room that are better than him, but he’s going to outwork them.”
That work ethic is something Segraves said he hoped he instilled in younger wrestlers during his time at Plymouth.
“Hopefully, they realize I just worked my tail off whenever I could. I tried being a leader for everybody, setting a good example to just always be the one that was the hardest worker in the room,” he said.
Along with a penchant for hard work, Segraves also brings character to the Spartans wrestling program.
“What I think that he’s going to bring to the program is, number one, he’s a kid that’s got some integrity,” said Read. “He’s not a kid that you’re going to have to be chasing around campus making sure that he’s doing what he’s supposed to.”
As Segraves leaves Plymouth, he’s leaving a strong example for young Rockies wrestlers to look up to.
“He’s going to be a tough kid to replace. Every year when you graduate seniors you’ve got to look to who’s going to replace them, and he’ll be tough to replace,” Read said.