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Photo by Dean Humphrey

Fruita Monument’s Jacob Seely practices a swim move during a recent football practice. Seely is back on the gridiron after taking a year off, his desire to play one final season with his friends trumping any thought of an injury hurting his chances to win an elusive state wrestling title in the winter.

Football reversal

Desire to be with buddies leads trio of wrestling standouts back to the gridiron

Jesse Reed, three-time state wrestling champion, didn’t play football last fall.
Jacob Trujillo, two-time state wrestling champion, didn’t play football last fall or the fall before.
Jacob Seely, two-time state wrestling place-winner, didn’t play football last fall.
Whether it was to focus on wrestling , avoid football injuries or both, three of the Western Slope’s best high school wrestlers decided to forsake a sport they love to focus on a sport they love more.
But all three reversed their thinking. They returned to the gridiron this year.


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