Fearless on the soccer pitch, goalkeeper Jessie Flynn never shied away from contact or going to the ground — also ideal training for high school wrestling.
Flynn was a quick study as a grappler at Middletown, winning a section title and twice reaching the state tournament.
Also a distinguished student and longtime Future Farmers of America member, Flynn is the North Coast Section Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.
“It’s really cool,” Flynn said. “When I filled out the paperwork I didn’t think I would get it. I was really surprised and happy.”
The honor comes with a $2,000 award Flynn will use to attend Lyon College in Arkansas, where she will wrestle on an athletic scholarship.
“Jessie’s strong academics was the number one factor. She meets our expectations,” said Kevin Carter, the Lyon men’s and women’s wrestling coach. “We want our athletes to grow and understand college is a way to distinguish and brand yourself as not only an athlete, but a student.”
College wrestling in was not her expectation when Flynn joined the Middletown program her sophomore year. While she enjoyed being on a team with friends, Flynn soon relished the competition.
“I stuck with it because I liked winning and I enjoyed my wrestling family. I could see my progress and I liked that feeling of knowing I’m getting better,” she said.
In a mostly successful first season, Flynn concluded with two losses at the section tournament. She was determined to reach the podium the next wrestling campaign.
“Wrestling is a lot of hard work. When you beat somebody, it’s a personal accomplishment,” Flynn said.