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Local Sports

Athlete of the Week: Josh Pakula

Josh Pakula, Lincoln-Way West, Senior, Wrestling

Josh Pakula
Lincoln-Way West
Josh Pakula Lincoln-Way West

Why Pakula was selected: The Lincoln-Way West senior joined teammates Javen Estrada, Payton Geigner, Alex Grenier, Chris Kennedy and Jacob Cronk as individuals who posted 5-0 records to help the Warriors capture the championship of the 16-team Downers Grove South Dual Team Tournament. The Warriors defeated Rolling Meadows, Belleville West, Wheaton Warrenville South, Grant and Barrington by an average margin of 54.0-13.8.

Herald-News sports writer Curt Herron talked with Pakula.

Herron: What do you like the most about wrestling?

Pakula: I like the competitiveness and the nature of the sport.

Herron: What do you like most about this year's team?

Pakula: We have a good group of guys and I like the whole team in general and everyone is cool.

Herron: What do you like best about competing for Lincoln-Way West?

Pakula: It means a lot to me.

Herron: What's your favorite class in school?

Pakula: Gym class because I don't have to do anything.

Herron: What would you like to do in the future?

Pakula: Probably go to Western Michigan and go into finance or criminal justice.

Herron: Do you have any pets?

Pakula: I have a Golden Retriever named Marley and a Newfie named Tucker.

Herron: Who's someone that you would you like to meet?

Pakula: Bo Nickal, a wrestler from Penn State.

Herron: Who's your favorite team and athlete?

Pakula: The Chicago Bears. Anthony Miller of the Bears.

Herron: What's your favorite music and who's your favorite artist?

Pakula: Country music. Jason Aldean.

Herron: What's your favorite food and restaurant?

Pakula: Meatloaf from my mom. Firewater BBQ in Crest Hill.

Herron: What's your favorite TV show and movie?

Pakula: NFL Network. 'Win Win'.

Herron: Where's the best place that you've been and where would you like to visit?

Pakula: I took a cruise to the Bahamas. Hawaii.

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