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Written by: Tristan Klinefelter on Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
Belle Vernon Area
Class of: 2022
Ht: 6’3 Wt: 210
2019 Stats: 129 tackles 18 for loss. 6 sacks 4 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries.
Awards: I made all-conference 1st team linebacker, made Mon valley finest 25, runner up defensive player of the year, couple other newspapers 1st team linebacker… In wrestling, I’m the 20th ranked kid in the country. I placed the 6th individual state championship this 2020 season. Ended up losing to the state champ in the semifinals 3-2. I medical forfeited to sixth!! I’m not happy at all with 6th, because the 3rd, 4th, and 5th place kids I had already beat in the tournament.
Other sports: Wrestling
Why do you play football?
Cole: I play because I love contact, I love my teammates and coaches. My father played at Belle Vernon and is in the Belle Vernon Hall of fame and played football and baseball at WVU.. so I want to follow in his footsteps but it will be football and wrestling.
Who is your favorite sports star and why?
Cole: Don’t really have one, not real big into watching other people play, I want to be on the field or mat!!
What are your goals for this coming season?
Cole: I want to win a WPIAL championship, we lost to Thomas Jefferson last year in the championship at Heinz Field, actually are only two losses were to them.. then see what happens in the state playoffs.. as an individual my first goal is to stay healthy, continue to be better on the classroom, but want to be all-state 1st team linebacker!! I want to find a school after September 1st who wants a player like me!!!
What is your favorite Pro team, any sport?
What game, yours, college, or pro, was your favorite game, and why?
Cole: WPIAL championship even though it is the worst because we lost to Thomas Jefferson, but for the experience that I and my teammates got!!!
What sports movie would you watch every day if you had to pick one and why?
Cole: Remembering the Titans
If your mom and dad are screaming at you from the stands, what is it they usually yell?
Cole: Go smash someone.
Who is your mentor, the person you want to be like?
Cole: My dad, he’s been pushing me from day one… He never complained about taking me anywhere for two practices a night, he took me across the country to wrestle wherever. If I wanted to go he made sure I was there!!! My dad did whatever it took to help make me into the player I am… he’s the hardest worker I ever saw. He loves his family!!
Name a sport you’d love to play but can’t?
Cole: Baseball, because recovering, it intertwines with wrestling!
What is your most embarrassing sports moment?
Cole: Two years ago my Freshman season, I was on special teams and was in the linebacker rotation and the first time it was my turn to go out on the punt return team and I didn’t go out because I was still in awe!! Lol.
Is there anyone in your family, besides your parents, you could consider your biggest fan? Who, Why?
Cole: Well, that’s very hard, because I have total backing and they would support me no matter what and that is all my family. My stepmom Fallyn, aunt Alisha, my Nanna, my grandpap.
When you aren’t playing, practicing or training for sports, what is your go-to activity, and why?
Cole: Love to hunt and fish.
What is your favorite football memory to date?
Cole: Recovering a fumble and returning it 45yds for a TD.
What is your favorite play to run?
Cole: I like knockdown because they put me on the outside and I get to come off the edge like TJ watt!! The quarterback doesn’t see me coming.
Music of choice?
What restaurant is your go-to when you need a big meal?
Which one? Sheetz or Wawa?
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