Jorge Loy of Forest Hill named Post’s All-Area wrestler of the year

Timing can be everything in sports. Jorge Loy knows this all too well.

The Forest Hill wrestler sustained a concussion midway through the 2015 Florida High School Wrestling State Championships, and failed to place.

The following year, Loy sustained another concussion before the state tournament. Again, he failed to place.

“It really put me back,” Loy said of the second concussion, which occurred during a training session three weeks before the district tournament. “At states I lost my first match. I won my second match, but lost my third match. I didn’t place either year.”

That finally changed this season.

Loy, a senior who moved up to the 182-pound weight class this season after wrestling at 160 this past year, dominated the competition in 2017.

He won district, county and regional championships, posted a 52-2 overall record, and placed second at the Class 3A state meet.

“From the start of the season, Jorge has been a dominate force for our team,” Falcons coach William Weiss said. “He is a natural leader, and is one of the most coachable athletes that I’ve had the pleasure to work with.”

Loy called his first injury-free state tournament experience a phenomenal one. Though he would have preferred to come home with a gold medal, he’s pleased with the way he competed against the state’s top wrestlers.

“Being in the state finals — so much was put into that,” said Loy, who trains year-round and often boxes in the offseason to stay in shape. “I couldn’t believe I was there. It didn’t really fit into my head that I was in the state finals until I was on the mat competing.”

His time there might be limited after graduation.

Loy, who plans to attend Palm Beach State College for two years and then transfer to FAU or FIU, hopes to pursue a career in medicine.

Academic demands related to that field could mean less time in the gym.

“Having to balance medicine and wrestling would be incredibly tough,” Loy said. “So maybe in college I might have to take a break from wrestling. Medicine is such a demanding field. There’s a lot of work, so balancing those things would be very difficult.”

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