Jonathan Haddix is living proof that nothing can squeeze the mat out of a wrestler's blood.
Not sickness. Not even high school graduation.
“My senior year in high school, I was ranked in the (statewide) Top 10,” says Haddix, who wrestled at 189 pounds for Anderson County. “I got strep, mono, and walking pneumonia all a week before the regional tournament. I still wanted to wrestle but the doctor told me 'No.'
“That was one of the lowest points of my life when I could not wrestle.”