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Athlete of the Week - Patrick Kennedy, Kasson-Mantorville Wrestling

KASSON, Minn. (KTTC) -

Kasson-Mantorville sophomore wrestler Patrick Kennedy is one of the best wrestlers in the entire nation. He's ranked number 2 in the country at 170 pounds, and number 5 at 182. He's already a two-time state champ, and has accomplished more in the sport than many of the best wrestlers achieve in their entire careers. What is it, then, that keeps him going?

"You can always get better in the sport of wrestling," Kennedy said. "There isn't a level of perfection in the sport of wrestling, so to try and chase that, that level of 'perfection' and be like the best you can be, is what keeps me going, and I want to keep going until I reach what I want."

This past weekend, Kennedy led the KoMets to their third consecutive state team title, and broughtt home his second straight individual wrestling title. But state titles aren't what motivates the sophomore star, he has his eyes on a much grander prize.

"Olympic gold. I want Olympic gold," said Kennedy. "I want it all. I want the pinnacle of what's the highest -- I want that."

In addition to being one of the best wrestlers in the country, KM assistant wrestling coach Ryan Hill thinks Kennedy is one of the best leaders he's ever been around.

"Patrick's not too big for this program," Hill said. "Obviously, he's a leader on the mat, but more importantly, I think, he's a leader in the room. He sees when a kid is down, Patrick sees when someone is needing some help, and he's always right there."

It is this humble and hardworking approach that has brough Kennedy so much success.

"In the sport of wrestling, you can get beat any given day by anybody, so you have to stay ready. So, I look at every match as, like this could be a guy that could come out [and beat me]. As the best guy, everybody is going to give you their best match. You have to stay ready, and I'm ready for whatever they throw at me."

Kennedy has had a lot thrown at him in the last two weeks. Right before the section tournament, Kennedy was involved in a car accident where his car flipped and was nearly totaled. but that didn't stop him en route to winning the section tournament and then the state title.

"I think I have a good story going," he said. "I got in a car accident, it was pretty big, and then I just kind of rolled with the punches a little bit from that. I just kind of went from one thing to another, and I really haven't thought about it that much to be honest."

Patrick Kennedy, of the Kasson-Mantorville Wrestling team, is this week's KTTC NewsCenter Sports Athlete of the Week.  

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