Smyrna wrestler Brent Fleetwood has the potential to be a blue-chip Division 1 college athlete.
Smyrna High School junior wrestler Brent Fleetwood is a likely blue-chip college prospect according to his coach Kurt Howell. "Brent is very poised, doesn't rattle and always pushes himself to be better. He has the drive to do what it takes to be the best: he sees his goals, and sees where he is now in relation to his goal of being the best," said Howell.
Fleetwood was born and raised in Smyrna, and began his wrestling career 11 years ago at the age of six at the suggestion of his parents. His father Frank was also a wrestler at Smyrna High back in the day.
Brent has competed at 113 pounds, but has wrestled at other weight classes and is currently undefeated this season, but never takes that for granted. He considers winning the 113-pound weight division during the recent "Beast of the East" at the University of Delaware as the highlight of his career this year. "It was really serious, and there was a lot of pressure, but fortunately I was able to handle it," he said. Fleetwood said he and the other participants were sore and exhausted, but elated at the conclusion of the prestigious tournament.
Brent said he considers wrestling to be the best and toughest sport around, and he plans to wrestle in college, but as a junior, he's just started to look around for his best fit athletically and academically.
"I would like to thank all of my coaches, including Coach Howell, Sheldon Thomas, who was a NCAA D-1 National Champion while in college and Corey Frederick for all of their help in high school," he said.
As far as his future is concerned, Howell said the sky's the limit for Brent. "He's very confident and believes in himself, and he does a lot of the little things that really makes a difference in his performance," said Howell.