By Jeremy Costello
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Jacob Hill has wrestled his whole life.
Hill participated in the Augusta Kid's Wrestling Club for 14 years while growing up, then was a key wrestler for the Orioles for four more years, including this season when he capped his senior year with another trip to State.
Hill was presented with one last honor Wednesday night during the wrestling team's year-end banquet at AHS. He was presented the fourth annual Nusz Scholarship, an award in honor of the late Gene Nusz, who was a long-time influential supporter of the wrestling program. The awarded was presented by Mary Nusz.
Gene Nusz was a big fan of wrestling, but also believed in education. Hill carries a strong GPA in the classroom and has participated in numerous activities. Hill plays for the AHS drum line, played football for three years, tried track and field as well as baseball, is a member of FCA and even helps with the kids wrestling club as a referee when he can.
Outside of school, Hill volunteers on his youth praise band and vacation Bible school at church, was part of the Big Brother program, volunteered for NUMANA, and he twice has helped at orphanages abroad.
Hill plans on attending Wichita State University to earn a Business Administration degree and plans to wrestle with the Shocker Wrestling Club.
But his dedication to the wrestling program helped earn the accolades for his time on the mat. Hill won a tournament title and had two third-place finishes this past season. He ranked as high as fifth in his weight class (170 pounds). He earned First Team All-League honors last year and Second Team this year.
Hill also earned the Orange Crush Wrestling Award, which is given by coach Brandon Terry to honor the hardest-working, mentally toughest wrestlers. Other Orioles who earned that honor included Brett Hamilton, Quentin Spainhower, Connor Spellman, Nathan Moore and Jake Ehrlich.
Terry also presented a trophy called the Iron Man award for the Orioles who missed only a combined one practice and one early-morning run or less. Recipients of the Iron Man award were seniors Cory White, Spainhower, Hamilton, Colby Willis, Hill, Jacob Riddle and Ehrlich, as well as Darrien Hollinger, Spellman, Dalton Watts and Jake Goldenstein