Local 7th Grader Already a Wrestling Champion


YAKIMA, Wa - Gage Cook's goal is to win state wrestling titles in all four years of high school and he isn't even in high school yet.

Cook going to work on the mats, the 13-year old 200 plus pounder is one of the best in the country in his age group.

"It's really fun to wrestle, it's something I really enjoy doing," Cook said.

There are very few events Cook hasn't already won. The seventh grader at Franklin Middle School has been victorious in every national wrestling tournament he's competed in.

A multiple-time Washington state and regional champion, Cook has also been voted USA Wrestling's Future Olympian award winner.

That is just a short list of Gage's accomplishments. He started wrestling at the age of six and is often running the hills at Franklin Park on his own.

When his dad said "Hey Gage, why don't you do four laps?" his son replied, "I'm going to do six!"

"He always seemed to push himself without me having to do it," Gage's father Jason Cook said. "I kind of knew then with that type of work ethic, I knew he would excel."

"He's a coaches dream (and) would love to have team full of him," Gage's coach Reynaldo Garza said.

Gage's dream after another year at the middle school level is to capture four high school state championships. He would then like to wrestle and a Division I or II college and Gage's accomplishments on the mats are matched only by his success in the classroom.

"Gage is a quiet champion on and off the mat," Jason Cook said. "He takes everything he does extremely serious, he's not like your normal kid, he's very busy."

But, Gage loves what he's doing and also loves to win.

"I like it (wrestling) a lot, I enjoy it a lot, it's really cool."

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