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CEDAR RAPIDS — Student-athletes strive to be the best in the classroom and on the field. But this is no easy task.
Student-athletes have to meet the criteria of not only their teachers, but also of their coaches. Balancing a demanding education with the rigorous requirements of being an athlete does not come easily, especially when you are a multisport athlete.
But Cedar Rapids Xavier senior Josh Gerke is not one to back down from a challenge. Gerke not only is a student, but also a member of the football, wrestling and track teams.
“I make sure I stay on top of everything,” he said. “It can be hard at night to study or complete homework after a long day of class and practice, but I kind of get into a routine each year.”
Passion is what inspires Gerke to give his best at school and sports. Practicing, playing games and cutting weight throughout the year requires absolute dedication.
“My favorite sport would have to be wrestling,” Gerke said. “I say this because I feel it can be one of the most challenging sports, especially when you have to cut weight during the season, as well. It makes winning that much more satisfying knowing all those sacrifices paid off.”
Gerke already has cemented his legacy on the wrestling mat by achieving 100 career wins last season as well as winning the Mississippi Valley Conference title. Gerke and the unbeaten Saints football team hosts Vinton-Shellsburg Friday. Kickoff is at 7:15 p.m.