Jonathan Conrad already is a veteran wrestler. The Carrollwood Day sophomore started at the high school varsity level when he was still in middle school.
Conrad also is used to bringing home medals, winning state titles in his weight class each of the past two seasons.
That streak continued last month when Conrad won his third straight title, the latest coming in the 160-pound class. Those trio of championships helped him gain state-wide recognition.
On Monday, Conrad was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A state wrestler of the year. The winners were selected by a panel of wrestling coaches and media representatives.
Championships can be painful. Conrad knows. In 2018, he twisted his ankle roughly 30 seconds into his title bout. Conrad could barely walk, but he never thought about quitting. Hobbling through the remainder of the match, Conrad made enough of the right moves to win.
His other titles were filled with tough competitors but not nearly as grueling. This season, Conrad finished 47-4 facing a series of state and nationally ranked wrestlers.
He ended up in a familiar spot, standing at the top of the podium with a gold medal placed around his neck. Conrad could stay there for some time.
After all, he still has two seasons left in high school.