Future Game Changers

Travis Wittlake Jr.
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Travis Wittlake Jr.

Sport: Wrestling
Hometown: Coos Bay, Ore.

A seventh grader at Millicome Middle School, Wittlake Jr. has amassed a 306-1 career record over four years with Team Bucs wrestling club (coached by Wittlake's father). He also won back-to-back national titles in all three styles of wrestling (folkstyle, freestyle and Greco- Roman) in 2010 and '11 to become only the sixth wrestler to win two straight triple crowns. In addition to winning the Oregon state title in scholastic wrestling, Wittlake was named to the 2011-12 list of Future Olympians by USA Wrestling. He'll compete on USA Wrestling's Tour of America folkstyle circuit this fall.
With nine national titles under Wittlake's belt, it's no surprise the 12-year-old is getting so much attention. Looking ahead, Wittlake says he hopes to be a four-time state champ in high school, attend Oregon State and be a four-time NCAA champ. He also has the Olympics in mind.

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