By Chris Gildone Posted March 19, 2021
Kole Mattson is a senior at Lowry, he plays football and he wrestles standing at a staggering six foot eight, weighing in at two hundred-seventy pounds. He works very hard and earned Athlete of the Issue because of dedication in two sports and how good of a student he is.
He is on varsity for wrestling and football. He starts as an offensive and defensive tackle, along with being a 2020 Cody Louk 3A Zone champion. He also has announced that he got a scholarship to play football at the college of Idaho. He explains that he has had help the whole way through.
“The person that motivates me is Mr. [John] Brooks, if it wasn’t for him “kicking me in the butt” then I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today,” said Mattson.
Kole is a role model to younger athletes, showing them how to work hard and dedicate themselves to their sport, or several sports. But who is his role model?
“My role model is my father because he’s the man who has shown me what a real work ethic is and what a little bit of effort and discipline can do,” Mattson said.
Just like any other athlete, Mattson had a reason to start playing sports and he has a reason to continue playing.
“I started because my parents wanted me to play,” said Mattson. “I still play because it gives me a sense of pride to see where I started as an athlete to where I am today.”
Kole could help younger athletes understand the importance of hard work and what it takes to be a collegiate athlete.
“If I had one thing to tell someone starting off it would be to never give up until the final buzzer goes out and you only get out of it from what work you put into it,” said Mattson.
Mattson is going to the college of Idaho because of his talent on the football field, it is an NAIA school and he is still deciding what he wants to study.
“I chose to go there because they gave me a scholarship, and they have a great football program,” said Mattson.
College isn’t for everyone but for some they go to play sports and some go to get an education.
Mattson said, “I want to go to college because I love to play football.”