JOHNSTON, IA - It takes a high level of dedication to win a state wrestling championship. Henry Pohlmeyer has accomplished that. As a sophomore Pohlmeyer brought back Johnston's first 3A state title.
"Henry Pohlmeyer is equal to wrestling. It is who I am. It is my identity," Pohlmeyer said.
Predicament.com ranks Pohlmeyer as the states top 132 pound wrestler, but he does it to his own beat.
“I describe him as a little bit funky, he’s not your typical Iowa grinder,” Aaron Tecklenburg, Johnston Wrestling Coach said.
“It’s kind of a switch. Off the mat people view me as a nice kid. Then on the mat I just turn into an animal,” Pohlmeyer said.
When the switch is on Pohlmeyer is one of the top pound for pound wrestlers. When it's off he's a student with a 3.6 GPA, and smooth on the guitar strings.
“When cutting weight is getting too grueling I usually just sit up in my room and play bass. An escape is what it is," said Pohlmeyer.
On or off it doesn't matter. Pohlmeyer is dedicated to being the best.
Watch above for Pohlmeyer's full story by Michael Admire.