Westlake wrestler set on becoming superstar
Jack Skudlarczyk didn’t take a traditional route to competing in collegiate athletics. Although his father wrestled at the college level, Jack was interested in swimming and other various land sports. However, that changed when Jack entered sixth grade. “I told him, take me to a practice, I want to try wrestling,” Jack said about his change of heart.
“He was a late bloomer” said Westlake Head Wrestling Coach Pat O’Hara, “he’s definitely the best to come out of our program.” When Jack started wrestling, his age and little experience had no impact on his instant success. During his time with the Chaparral program, Jack took home the state title for his weight class three times. “It would have been four if it wasn’t for an injury” added O’Hara.
In addition to his titles, Jack also received the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame award to round out his senior year. He will take those accolades with him to wrestle for the University of Northern Iowa in the 2017-2018 school year.
Jack broke a number of school and state records on the mats, but he aims much higher than high school success. “I’ve never coached and olympic athlete,” O’Hara chuckled, "he would be the first, and I don’t expect anything less.”