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Smoky Valley’s Dax Hopp – Academic Athlete of the Month Presented by First Bank Kansas

Wrestling is not for everyone. The sport requires physical and mental toughness. Smoky Valley wrestler Dax Hopp has both, but that wasn’t always the case. 

“I started wrestling when I was 6 in first grade,” Hopp said. “I decided to try wrestling because it was new to my family and me and it was different. I was not good at it at first, but I still really enjoyed it and I loved the wrestling community and how it was like family.”

Also a football player, Hopp has enjoyed his time on the gridiron as well.

“I do enjoy football also and having a wrestling background helped when playing. I enjoyed football for the team aspect of it, we all watch out for each other and make sacrifices for the good of the team and your teammates.”


The classroom is another place Hopp works hard to excel. His drive to win helps push him when it comes to being a good student-athlete. 

“Academics are always a priority for me, sports teach you discipline and many other life lessons but can only take you so far. Your education is important for achieving any goals you have throughout your life.”

Hopp is excited to get this season underway and make his way back to the podium at state. As for his future, college is certainly an option, but for now Hopp is focused and ready to hit the mat. 

“My main goals for wrestling this year are to help motivate my teammates, stay positive in all situations and to improve every match. I just want to really enjoy my last year of high school wrestling.”

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