Roseville wrestler Jankovich is a few good men rolled into one
Jeremiah Miller marvels at Dylan Jankovich, his 130-pounder on Roseville High School’s wrestling team.
“The funny part is he’s such an accomplished kid that he doesn’t do a lot of wrestling in the offseason,” Miller said last Wednesday while Jankovich helped his Tigers teammates put away mats and other equipment following a Sierra Foothill League dual meet against Granite Bay. “Most kids that are as good as him wrestle year-round. Here, you have a good kid that wrestles a little in the offseason but does a lot of different stuff.”
Jankovich (22-2) currently is on a Regional Occupation Program as an intern at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Last summer, Jankovich said he attended Boys State at Sacramento State, went to West Point’s camp and “tried to get in a little bit of offseason wrestling.”
Jankovich’s hard work was rewarded when he learned Jan. 8 of his acceptance to the United States Military Academy at West Point. The letter was in the mail when he arrived home with a second-place medal from the Big Valley Classic in Stockton. It was his 18th birthday.
“It almost looked like a diploma. It was a little packet thing,” Jankovich said. “It was pretty cool.”
Jankovich said he applied at about 20 colleges, including UCs, private schools, the Air Force Academy and West Point.
“I always really liked the military tradition. I want to give back to the country. I just really respect the military academies,” said Jankovich, who plans to wrestle. “I’ve been working four years doing whatever I could hoping to get in there. It’s finally paying off.”
Miller pointed out that Jankovich is a great student and the hardest worker on the team.
“He’s just an amazing kid in every facet,” Miller said. “He has all the attributes it takes to be a really good leader.”
Oakmont’s Elliott wins title
Oakmont wrestler Jake Elliott won the 145-pound division at the Mark Fuller Invitational last weekend in Lincoln. Elliott went 4-0, including a victory over Keaton Subjeck of Oak Ridge, who’s ranked fifth in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Also for Oakmont, Yianni Athens went 4-1 and placed third in the 125-pound class. Athens defeated Taylor Unbehaun of Lincoln 9-8 in a tight match.
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