Wrestling coach Carlos Martinez isn’t the only one who thinks Porter Whipple looks just like his older brother, Peyton, who won a state championship in 2019.
“Yeah, that’s true,” Kamiah freshman Porter Whipple said. “When he won his state title, that’s when I said I should probably get into wrestling, too. When he was a freshman, that was his first year wrestling. This is my third year doing so. A lot of people compare me to him, and he set a pretty high bar for me to get over.”
Whipple and fellow Kub Connor Weddle both went 2-2 at the tournament, and Whipple counts that as a good finish to a successful year. Even though the format made for a lot of tired wrestlers, he said his best match was his third.
“I was up 3-0, then I did something illegal that brought me down two to one,” he said. “That kid just kept me down, I was tired and I was losing, just trying to pull it out and make it to overtime. I did, and I got the takedown for the win.”
The best match of the day, he thought, was one in which CV/K teammate Daring Cross went back and forth in a pretty intense match to advance to the third-place match.
“Daring is determined to win, and when he gets fired up and he gets mad, that just makes him more determined,” Whipple said.
Weddle is a bit the same way.
“I think he forgets how strong he is,” Whipple said. “He just picks them up and throws them around.”
When spring sports pick up later this month — specifically, track and field season — look for Whipple out among the throwers.