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James Dimitrion / Hurricanes wrestling

The junior, who competes in the 119-pound division, is among the area's top wrestlers. Dimitrion, 16, is 24-1 (after a 1-1 start) with a championship in the prestigious Kiwanis Invitational at Hernando in December. He was 14-4 last season and advanced to regionals. The 5-foot-4 Dimitrion is hoping for his first trip to the state meet.

Q: If you could fix one thing in the world, what would it be?

JD: All the fighting between countries.

Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?

JD: How I react to other people's feelings. I could be more caring.

Q: What is the toughest wrestling hold to escape from?

JD: The head and arm. That's when (the opponent) is pretty much on top of you and they have your head in their arm.

Q: What's your best hold?

JD: I'd say the Granby. That's when you're on all fours and they try to chop your wrist. You roll over on top. And you have their wrist and leg.

Q: You lost me.

JD: It's complicated.

Q: What is the single greatest key to being a successful wrestler?

JD: Intensity.

Q: Who is your dream date?

JD: Beyonce Knowles.

Q: So, would you say she was the best of the Austin Powers girls?

JD: Yeah, definitely.

Q: What's your take on professional wrestling?

JD: I don't know. I've never really watched it.

Q: Really?

JD: Yeah, it's just not my thing.

Q: What scares you?

JD: I'm afraid of spiders. That's the only thing that scares me. I'm not afraid of heights or anything else like that.

_ KEITH NIEBUHR

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