Jan 15, 2014 7:54 PM by Bill Halter
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - Some kids are just bigger than others and when those physically gifted few are also competitive, you can get an athlete like Santa Ynez senior, Clayton Hanly.
"The size is impressive but more importantly or more impressively than his size is how he dedicates himself to his sport" said Pirates wrestling coach, Brian Wallace.
Hanly led the Central Coast with 15.5 sacks in football including a state record 8.5 in a game against Santa Maria. He's 26-1 in wrestling but what truly shows off his combination of power and athleticism is what he does in track and field. Hanly competes in the 100 meter dash and high jump as well as the shot put and discus throw. "The thrill of competition, the butterfly's in your stomach before a match or a game. It's addicting. The rush of adrenalin when you make a good play or pin a guy, there's no other feeling like it" said Hanly.
At 6'4", 220 pounds, Hanly is physically imposing but outside of competition he doesn't have a personality to match. "If you watch him wrestle he looks like a monster but off the mat he's really happy go lucky" said Wallace. "It's kind of funny because people think I'm a stereotype jock but I'm a total nerd, I'm artsy, I like to draw and paint and I'm kind of a gentle giant" said Hanly.
Hanly has led the Santa Ynez wrestling team to a perfect run through the Los Padres League so far. Last season he was two wins away from qualifying for the state tournament at 220 pounds. He hopes to continue competing at the next level but hasn't decided if he'll pursue wrestling or football.
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