Jan. 17, 2019 - Delta Wrestler Cole Mattin

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DELTA, Ohio (WTVG) - When you visit Delta High School's wrestling room, you have to take a moment to get your bearings.

The floor area - or room - doubles as the backstage to the school's stage on the other side of a large garage door in the gym. If this is your first visit, you have no idea it is here or that it is a garage door because of a large jungle mural on the gymnasium side of the door.

If you could open this garage door, you will find senior Cole Mattin working in the room as he presses toward a second-straight individual state wrestling championship.

Last year, Mattin won state at 126 pounds. This season, he is working at 132.

"Try not to change too much just because I'm not a big fan of change," Mattin said. "I just work on the things I need to work on."

Mattin works under the leadership of Mark Nagel - one of Delta's co-head coaches and a Panther alum.

"He's definitely the leader in this room," Nagel said. "Lot of the kids look up to him. We have a lot of young kids on this team and Cole is definitely the leader of the team."

Mattin spends much of his time on wrestling and that includes watching video from his matches.

"Once I figure out and re-watch my matches and what I see in those matches that I did wrong or just a little off, those are the things I work on in practice, after practice and after our basic drilling and technique and stuff," Mattin said.

Mattin signed a National Letter of Intent in November to wrestle for the Wolverines. It is a program he knows well as his brother Drew is a sophomore on the team.

"It is going to be hard and very difficult," Mattin said. "I know that if I can get through a division one wrestling program, I can get through anything in life."

When we caught up with Cole, he had on a pair of red and white shoes. He was quick to point out they are just for practice. So, before his family formed a tie with Michigan, was it Maize and Blue or Scarlet and Gray?

"I was growing up in an Ohio State household," Mattin said. "Probably haven't worn an Ohio State anything since Drew went to Michigan and I'm now myself going to Michigan I'm a full Michigan fan."



 
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