Perkins will be serving as captain for the first 1st time in his career. Calob has served as a starter in his true freshman campaign when he wrestled at 133 lbs and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament. As a sophomore, Perkins split time at 133 lbs as he battled injuries all year. He will be competing at 141 lbs this season where he placed 6th at the Patriot Open last weekend.
When asked about how he came about this decision Head Coach Matt Lowers said, "Calob is most deserving of this honor. He is the standard bearer of our program. Perkins takes his role as a leader very seriously and goes above and beyond what is needed of him. It is as if he is another coach working with us side by side. The great thing about Calob as a leader is that he not only leads by example, but he also leads verbally. He will be encouraging when needed, but most importantly he will tell people when they are not living up to the standard of the program and demand change."
Coach Lowers went on to comment, "It is an honor and privilege to be named a Captain. It isn't something that comes with age or with accolades, it is about leadership. That is why we chose Calob. That is not to say we don't have other leaders in our program, but the role of a Captain is vital in a team's progression. I think we have some other individuals who could join Calob as captains before the end of the season. But, we do not choose captains here based on potential. They are chosen on their ability to lead and define our program."
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