Luke Kiser: WHSV Student Athlete of the Week, Feb. 28

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY - Turner Ashby's Luke Kiser is not only a fighter on the mat, but also loves to learn.

He says when he hears the whistle blow, he's ready to compete as a wrestler.

"Its like a legal fight. I've always loved to fight so its the closest thing to it without getting in a whole lot of trouble," said Luke Kiser.

He says usually his opponent is the one in trouble.

"Its all on you and I love that because you can't blame it on anyone else. Its all on you. I like that responsibility."

His coach says he's a role model for his younger teammates.

"He's definitely the leader of that team. This year we had a really young team full of a bunch of freshmen and he was really vocal and the guy that showed up every single day, worked hard, showed them how to work and how to get better," said Luke's coach Marshall Smiley.

While Luke's been on the team, he's won two state championships.

He's not only a leader on the mat. He also stands out in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA.

"I've always liked to work hard. I just try to do the best I can at everything I do because being successful is whole lot more fun than failing," said Luke.

His teacher says he's able to handle the challenges of the classroom and the wrestling team.

"He always provides that example and he knows what's important. His priorities are where they need to be. He's balanced being able to be successful athletically and also being very successful academically as well," said Luke's teacher Corey Hutchinson.

Luke has been wrestling on which school he wants to go to, but he thinks he may have pinned one down.

"I've decided that ODU is definitely one of my better options. Wrestling's probably going to be in my future and I plan to major in Sports and Recreation," said Luke.

Luke's success on the wrestling mat and in the classroom makes him WHSV's Student Athlete of the Week.

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