Ben Barton

Welcome to Part 2 of the J Robinson Intensive Camps Black Hat Award Interview Series! This season, between November and March, we will be hosting short Google Hangout interviews with each of our 16 Black Hat Winners from this past summer. Our winners come from states across the country, and our second interview will be with Louisville, Kentucky senior wrestler and 14-Day Pennsylvania Intensive Camp Black Hat Award winner Ben Barton.

Ben has an impressive wrestling resume, placing 3rd in state in his sophomore season before posting a 51-1 record and winning a state title at 152 pounds as a junior. Ben recently accepted an offer to wrestle at Division 1 Campbell University in North Carolina. Congratulations to Ben, and we wish him well in his last season as a high school wrestler!

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What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

Wrestling live with the coaches when we got the chance.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My role model is Dalton Lunde. He looked after me and told me I could win the Black Hat if I put my mind to it.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My high school coach, because I could never let him down and he is the reason why I started.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

How to be more responsible.

To improve as a person I need to…

Surround myself with good people that will bring me up.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The running was the hardest part of camp.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Come to camp already in good shape.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

Wrestling isn’t fun unless you win.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Dalton Lunde, because he told me I could win the Black Hat if I just pushed myself harder.


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