Wrestling: Accountability creates success for Weber

Sophomore Josey Weber wrestled with both the varsity and JV teams this past season. Weber said holding herself accountable in academics and athletics have been the keys to her success so far. (Courtesy photo)

Sophomore grappler staying focused inside and outside the mat room

Accountability means everything for Josey Weber. Whether it’s through working out, attending practice, competing hard during meets or even maintaining strong grades outside the wrestling room, the Lady Hub sophomore grappler holds herself to a high standard of responsibility.

Weber’s work ethic has resulted in her finding success in wrestling despite not taking up the sport until she joined the Rochelle Wrestling Club in eighth grade. The only female wrestler on the Rochelle team this past season, Weber competed at both the varsity and JV levels for the Hubs during her freshman year. Weber continued to show growth after the IHSA season, battling at the IWCOA Girls Sectional in Sterling and recording one victory in three matches.

“When we eventually have our season, I expect to hold myself accountable for working out, going to practice as much as I can, keeping my grades up and not slacking off,” Weber said. “All I need to exceed these expectations is the right mindset. That means doing better than I did last time, not getting down when I don’t win and knowing the result is based on the effort I put in.”

Weber said building strength and maintaining her high level of focus will be her goals as she continues preparing for her sophomore season with the Rochelle team. Weber’s promising freshman season began taking shape during the Rockford East Freshman Invitational, where she earned a fourth-place medal in the 113-pound bracket. Weber will be among several lower-weight grapplers returning to the Rochelle program for this coming season.

“I thought I did well last season but I could’ve been better,” Weber said. “Now that I know what to expect, I can always do better and try harder the next time I’m out there. I thought I wrestled well in practice, but I need to work on getting stronger. My role as a Rochelle student-athlete is to always keep my grades up and work as hard as I can for my team. This year, my roles are still keeping my grades up and working hard, but also holding myself accountable.”

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