Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Heights' Hall Impressive on, off Mat

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Heights' Hall Impressive on, off Mat

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What Shawnee Heights senior Carter Hall has accomplished in high school wrestling is impressive -- a Class 5A state finals berth as a junior and a 32-3 record this season, with Centennial League and regional championships in the 170-pound class.

But what Hall has accomplished off the mat may be even more impressive.

Also a two-year starter at linebacker for Heights' football team, Hall is tied for the No. 1 academic ranking in his senior class with a GPA that most students only dream of.

"Weighted it's around 4.6, unweighted it's 4.0," said Hall, who will compete in the 5A state wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at Hartman Arena, north of Wichita. "I've never had a B, but I've been close."

Throw in the workload of Hall's practice and competition schedule and it makes living up to his academic expectations a challenge, particularly as a senior.

"Initially it wasn't much of a struggle (to make straight A's) but this year I'm taking five college courses both semesters, so this has been one of the hardest years for me course-wise," he said. "I've had a lot more homework than I'm used to. But it's working out all right.

"It's just something I've got to get done. I hold myself to a high standard. I can't turn in bad work, so A's are just what happens when I put all my effort into it."

Hall's academic load is only going to increase as he moves forward, with Hall planning on studying pre-med at Kansas State with the career aspiration of being a neurosurgeon.

"My oldest brother, Matt, is a neurosurgeon, but even before he became a neurosurgeon it's just always been my dream," Hall said. "When I was little, I was always really interested with the human body and figuring out how everything worked and fell together."

As a wrestler, Hall sees how hard on the human body the sport can be, suffering through injuries himself, including a torn tendon in his foot his sophomore year. …

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