Matheson solidifies wrestling future as a ‘Bear’
It has long been assumed that Hayesville wrestler Jacob Matheson would one day make his mark on the college wrestling matt. Those assumptions became a fact recently when Matheson signed with Truett-McConnell College which is located in Cleveland, Ga.
During his time at Hayesville High School, Matheson grappled his way to several accomplishments. Some of the highlights from his career included:
• Mountaineer Classic Champion.
• Union County Tournament Champion.
• Osley B. Saunooke Champion
• Two time King of the Mountain Champion
• James Orr Champion
• Two time SMC Champion
• USA State Champion
• Western Regional Champion
• State Runner Up
After signing to become a Bear, Matheson reflected on his high school career. “I’m so thankful for the accomplishments God has blessed me with and for the abilities.” He also doled out appreciation to those who have supported him saying, “Obviously I’m thankful for my family and for everything they’ve done for me. I also want to thank my coaches and teammates for always encouraging me and helping me to be better.” On his outlook for the future, Matheson said “I’m very excited to have four more years to compete and to not only be a Yellow Jacket but now a Bear too.” When asked why he chose Truett-McConnell, Matheson answered, “They are a faith-based school and that is something that is very important to me and I really like coach Marcus Cobbs and what he stands for.”
Head Yellow Jacket wrestling coach Wade Byers said “I’m so proud of Jacob and he really deserves this. His work ethic has been great and you know, this is a payoff for that.” Byers also knows this could impact Hayesville’s entire wrestling program. “This is not only a big deal for Jacob but this establishes a relationship with coach Cobbs and Truett-McConnell that could benefit wrestlers in the future.
Matheson summed up the event by saying, “I might be leaving HHS but HHS will never leave me.”