Bonners Ferry High School junior, Jesse Sandelin, has always been passionate about sports. He has been involved in athletics since grade school and has played soccer and football for the past seven years. But for the last four year, it is his participation in wrestling that has become his true passion.
“Wrestling is a very competitive sport and is physically and mentally demanding, with techniques that are only mastered with years of practice, hours of dedication and the inner drive to keep wrestling,” said Jesse. “You are part of the team, but on the mat it is just you.”
Realizing the importance grades play in pursuing a career, Jesse keeps busy studying and balancing his athletics and academics to best prepare for his higher education.
“My future plan is to attend North Idaho College for welding and fabrication, diesel tech and graphic design,” said Jesse. “And I am planning on wrestling in college and becoming a coach in the future.”
It is not just in school and sports that Jesse has a strong work ethic; he also works hard during the summer months.
“I currently enjoy working for a local landscaping company in the summer to finance my college,” Jesse said. “When I complete my schooling at North Idaho College, my goal is to open a welding and fabrication shop.”
Jesse said his most memorable moment in his wrestling career came this year when he placed at the state high school championships. “I also have several great memories with my team,” he said. “The Badger wrestling team has a family bond amongst wrestlers and coaches that is special to me. My wrestling coaches are some of the best.”
When asked what life lesson he has learned from sports, Jesse responded: “Sports have taught me several life lessons [including] dedication, determination and good work ethic, to name a few.” And he added, “Always try to do your best.”