Members of the Edison wrestling program speak highly about the future of freshman Brock Jacobson, who captured the 119-pound National District championship on Feb. 5. But the talented youngster didn’t think he would get so far so fast.
Jacobson reached the championship match on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Northern Region Tournament at Fairfax High School. Facing Robinson’s Jake Smith, Jacobson’s determination gave way to pain and frustration when he suffered a left shoulder injury, leading to a loss by medical default. Jacobson said he felt the shoulder "come out completely" just weeks after suffering an injury to his right shoulder.
"I was kind of mad that that happened because I just came back from my right shoulder" injury, Jacobson said. "I’m mad because I couldn’t finish the match."
Jacobson’s runner-up finish helped Edison finish eighth as a team with 62 points. Eagle heavyweight David Lazo placed fourth and Jeremy Wagner (140) and Camilo Rodriguez (189) finished sixth.
Edison captured the National District crown one week earlier.
Jacobson said he was unsure whether he would be able to compete at states. Regardless, he’s pleased with what he’s accomplished.
"I’m a freshman," he said. "I thought I was just going to place here [at regionals but] not make it to the finals. I’m just glad that I made it and got the opportunity to wrestle one of the best kids in Virginia."