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On the record with: NCHS senior Matt Hillard

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Student-Athlete of the Week

By Peter W. Zubaty, Sports Editor

This week’s nominee for Student-Athlete of the Week comes along with an accident of good timing, as we are profiling Nelson County senior wrestler Matt Hillard, fresh off his recent region championship in the 215-pound weight class.

Hillard also was a standout lineman for the Cardinal football team in the fall, and carries a 3.8 GPA. He plans to attend KCTCS in Elizabethtown before transferring to Eastern Kentucky University to study police administration, with an eye toward one day becoming a police officer.

Hillard is competing this week at the Kentucky State Wrestling Championships in Frankfort, but before heading off he took some time out of his schedule to answer a few questions from Kentucky Standard sports editor Peter W. Zubaty.

 

PZ: What’s you favorite TV show?

MH: “Justified”

PZ: What got you started in wrestling? What do you enjoy most about it?

MH: I had cousins on the team and they asked me to try it, and I had fun. I enjoy just being with my friends and coaches and winning.

PZ: Do you have a favorite pre-match meal?

MH: I really don’t have one, but all I eat is healthy snacks like bananas and granola bars.

PZ: Wrestling as a varsity sport is still pretty new to the area. What would you like to see happen to help it grow?

MH: For more people to participate in this fun sport.

PZ: What’s it mean to you to become the second region champ in Nelson County’s short history in wrestling? (Jamie Pile was a two-time region champ in 2008-09.)

MH: It means a whole lot (because) I’ve worked so hard for this and it finally comes true my senior year.

PZ: What’s your favorite song/album? Who’s your favorite band/artist?

MH: My favorite song would have to be “No-Leaf Clover” by Metallica. My favorite band is Metallica.

PZ: How tough is it juggling schoolwork, wrestling and other activities?

MH: I’m kind of used to it, so it’s not really that hard but sometimes it gets the best of me.

PZ: What do you do when you have precious free time away from school and sports?

MH: I spend it with my loving family and my girlfriend and just relax and enjoy that day. 

 

Watch Matt’s TV interview on Zubaty and Crew Sports Week at 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. on PLG-TV 13 or at www.plgtv.com.