The Grovetown High School wrestling team has gotten off to a 10-2 start for the year and Charles Lindemuth has played a large part in that success.
Despite weighing 240 pounds, Lindemuth has been wrestling in the heavyweight division, routinely giving up over 40 pounds to his opponents. Despite that, the Warriors’ senior has rolled out to an 11-0 record.
He credits the way he’s been able to rack up wins in part to his style of wrestling.
“I’d say very defensive,” said Lindemuth. “Especially this year since I’m wrestling up at heavyweight. These guys have weight on me, but I try to use my quickness.”
Wrestling isn’t something that Lindemuth has done for a long time – he began in 10th-grade – but has quickly become a wrestler that first-year coaches Nathan White and Jeremy Davis have come to rely upon.
“He’s a senior, so he’s been through the thick and thin of the program,” said Davis, who has seen Lindemuth lead workouts and help teach less experienced wrestlers. “As a senior he’s provided leadership.”
Lindemuth has used things he learned from 2012 graduate Akila Parks, who was fifth in the state at heavyweight in 2011.
“I feel like it was inherited because Akila Parks, when he was here, he taught me the chant we do before a match and I just kind of stepped (into) that role,” said Lindemuth.
He also sees his role as helping other wrestlers understand what it takes to make a program, not just a team.
“We just try to keep everybody the same, especially our younger guys,” Lindemuth said. “Even though they’re not getting matches, we want them to be here, we want them to get this experience because one day they will be wrestling every match like I have been. They just need to get a feel for it.”
Lindemuth credits the coaches for helping the program achieve early-season success.
“They have been nothing but help,” he said. “Coach White, coach Davis, they’ve put in the hours and the dedication with us. We’re working just as hard and they’re teaching us technique.”
Lindemuth has been playing football for many years and might not have found wrestling if it weren’t for Grovetown football coach Rodney Holder.
“Coach Holder said it would be good for football,” Lindemuth said. “That was my main sport. I started wrestling and I fell in love with it as soon as I started. It did help me with football tremendously, but it’s kind of taken a role on me where I love this more.”
He likes the feeling of independence that wrestling provides.
“There’s nowhere to hide on the mat,“ Lindemuth said. “There’s nobody to blame but yourself, you’re either going to go out there and pin ’em, or you’ll be pinned or you’re going to lose.”
While he has his eye on being a graphic designer in the future, he wants to stay with the sport as long as possible.
“I want to go somewhere to wrestle, if it’s possible, if someone offers,” Lindemuth said. “If someone gives a partial (scholarship) or anything, I’ll take it.”