Oregon senior Jacob Diehl spent last season learning behind eventual 170-pound state champion Brandon Sklavanitis. He's in the varsity lineup now, and when not wrestling, can likely be found tracking deer or some other wild animal.
Are you excited about being in the Hawks' lineup this season?
I'm very excited about it, to see where my talents take me from being on JV last year behind Brandon to being on varsity this year.
In what aspect have you upped your game?
I've just tried to stick to what I know, and get better at what I'm good at.
What's your go-to move?
The coaches probably don't think I'm good at it, but I love trying to hit a drag the whole match, and just trying to cross-face whenever I can. The coaches don't like it too much, though.
For those who don't know what those things are, what are they?
A cross-face is a defensive move where you pretty much put your fist across his nose, trying to put him in some pain. The drag, you pull on an arm so the guy opens up, so you can hit a shot. The coaches don't get mad, as long as they work.
In football, you were a full-time nose guard for the Hawks. How did that go?
It was a lot of fun. My coaches stressed to use what you've got to your advantage, because you're going to be going against guys a lot bigger than you. Just try and use your speed to your advantage, and hopefully that will work.
What was your football highlight?
Against Mendota, I had two consecutive sacks on a crucial drive when they were trying to come back into the game. On the third one, my buddy Ryan Miller got a sack. It kind of sealed the deal for us in the game.
Now for your other outdoor passion – hunting. How many times have you been deer hunting this year?
Ten or 12 times at least, between bow and gun hunting.
Have you bagged a deer yet?
I have not, and my family is giving me a bunch of crap about it.
What's the biggest deer you've shot?
My dad took me hunting in Alberta, Canada a few years ago, and I shot a nice 8-pointer. I've got two deer mounted in my room – my first archery kill, and that one.
Any fish mounted in your room?
Not yet. I'm waiting for the right one.
What's the right one?
I'm hoping to get a big walleye, hopefully over 10 pounds. I've got a couple close to that, but not over the 10-pound mark.
Any cool stories from family fishing trips?
This year, me and my brother were in the same boat, and that's always fun. He caught a very big northern pike. We had about everything go wrong that could go wrong, but we still somehow landed the fish. It was a 45-incher. That's a trophy fish.