Lugoff-Elgin, SC (WLTX) - The Lugoff-Elgin wrestling team is undefeated this season--and Theo Shepard is a big reason why.
The senior has been a stalwart for the team, but believe it or not, this sport wasn't always his passion.
"If it weren't for my brother I probably wouldn't have started wrestling," Shepard says.
Now, though, he says he can't seem to get enough of it. But wrestling isn't the only thing he has pinned down.
"I'm a student athlete, so I mean grades come first," he explains.
With a 3.8 GPA, this 215 pounder pulls his weight in the classroom and on the mat. Those closest to him say he's a person of very few words.
"Theo is just one of those kids that's real soft spoken," says Evan Moxie, the coach of the team. "If you're not watching him you probably wouldn't even know he was there. He's not one of those kids thats really going to jump out at you."
Moxie says Shepard lets his actions do the talking.
"He's a very concentrated and patient person," Moxies says. "I think that is one of the things that helps him most on the mat is his patience during the match and with his opponent. He kinda just lets it play into his strengths."
"And when I'm out there wrestling and doing my school work at the same time, it's like I'm in the zone," Shepard says.
That zone is creating quite a resume for Shepard. His 1220 SAT score and a resume full of community service is opening several doors for him.
"After high school I plan on going to USC and major in electrical engineering," he says.
However, his passion for wrestling may change his plans.
"If I plan on wrestling, I might go to Newberry College," Shepard says. "I've been getting offers from them."
If you'd like to nominate a student-athlete to be the News19 Player of the Week, send us an e-mail at email@example.com.