When the 2019-2020 wrestling season ended, Wayne Junior Jakson Cobb sat with 91 career wins under his belt. With several meets canceled during this junior year due to bad weather, his 100th win would have been attainable leaving less pressure on the senior season.
In true 2020 fashion, hitting the 100th milestone wouldn’t come without a few obstacles in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many wondered if a wrestling season would even take place, but as the time neared all lights were green and the season was underway.
There would be fewer fans in the stands to cheer him and his teammates on this year due to restrictions from the Governor of Iowa. Also an early season quarantine would cause him to miss a meet that could have potentially set him up for a 100th win in front of a home crowd at the Wayne High School Gymnasium, but on Dec. 18 in Mount Ayr following a fall over his opponent, Cobb hit the 100th win milestone.
“I kind of figured it would happen, it was just a matter of when,” said Cobb. “I was trying to think on the bright side and be positive on this season happening.”
Cobb hitting his 100th win puts him in the very small category of joining only a handful of other Falcons that hit this goal before him. One being his older brother Hunter who also hit his 100th win during his senior season and finished his high school career with 108 wins.
Jakson isn’t finished yet as he has further plans and goals for his senior year.
“My goal is make a state appearance again,” he stated. “Making state my freshman and junior years are still my biggest wrestling moments.”
Beyond his goal to make state he feels by the end of his year he should be sitting in the number 2 position for most career high school wins at Wayne. Dallas O’Brien curently holds the number 1 spot with Blayde Baker sitting at number 2.
With Cobb currently sitting in quarantine once again, it luckily fell over Christmas break and he plans to hit it hard at his first meet when school resumes. Cobb and teammates will travel to Bedford on Monday, Jan. 4 for a triangular meet that will begin at 5:30 p.m.
“My dad will keep staying after me and I just need to get in better shape to hit my goals,” Cobb said in closing.
He is the son of Tonya Baker and Josh Cobb of Corydon and grandson of Krista Hickie and Jerry and Kim Cobb of Allerton.