Full Name: Luke Odom
Birthdate: June 24, 2002
School: Lincoln Middle School
Wrestling Club: Edwardsville WC
Hometown: Edwardsville, IL
Weight Class: 84 lbs
Most significant wins/accomplishments: 3x Tulsa Kick-off Champion, 2x USA Folkstyle National Champion, 2x Reno Worlds National Champion, 4x Indy National Champion, 6 Outstanding Wrestler Awards.
We can't doubt that Luke is an amazing wrestler. He shows a true passion for the sport of wrestling, while continuing to help in his community and keep up with his schoolwork. It's remarkable that he can balance all that with the terrific list of accomplishments he already has. At the young age of just 12, we are sure Luke will continue to dominate both on and off the mat, and are excited to see his name continue to top the leaderboards.
So, we had Luke answer a few questions about wrestling, its challenges, and how fun it is to be a 12 year old boy growing up in Illinois.
Why do you enjoy wrestling?
I enjoy wrestling because it is an aggressive sport and very rewarding.
What is the most important thing wrestling has taught you?
Wrestling has taught me how to deal with tough situations, especially when I am losing, and to control my emotions
What’s the best advice your coach has given you?
To always keep calm, even if I am ever down in a match.
How do you handle a tough defeat?
I handle a tough defeat by learning from my mistakes and training as hard as I can so I can improve.
What’s your proudest achievement as a wrestler?
I was very excited when I won the Reno Worlds Nationals against the toughest competitor I’ve ever faced.
How old were you when you started wrestling?
I started wrestling when I was 5 years old.
What is your favorite post-tournament meal or treat?
A big lobster tail!
Do you have a favorite song that gets you pumped up before a practice or match?
I like to listen to “Lose Yourself” by Eminem before a match, it gets me ready.
What is your favorite wrestling move?
I really like the Arm Bar.
Who is your Hero/role model?
My role model is Coach Pat McNamara from Edwardsville Wrestling Club.
What is your favorite subject in school?
I like Math the most.
What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is “Win Win.”
Do you play any sports aside from wrestling?
Outside of wrestling I have played Baseball and done Cross Country.
Do you have any favorite hobbies outside of sports?
Outside of sports I love riding my motorcycle, playing paintball, and hanging with my friends.
What are your goals for this season?
My goals this season are to win Tulsa Nationals, the World of Wrestling Trinity Award and IKWF State again.
What are your goals for your wrestling career?
I want to wrestle for a Division I College and be a 4x NCAA National Champion!