DANBURY — It’s official.
Four months after giving his verbal commitment to wrestle at North Carolina State University next year, Danbury High School senior Jakob Camacho signed his National Letter of Intent to do just that during a ceremony at DHS on Nov. 8.
“It’s a little bit of a sigh of relief,” Camacho said prior to Tuesday’s practice. “I’m ready to turn the page to a new chapter. It’s going to feel like home there, just as it is here. But there is still work to be done (at Danbury High), and until that work is done, I won’t be thinking about that too much.”
Camacho is looking forward to what could very well be a record-setting senior season at Danbury High — and he is already off to an historic start.
The second-ranked wrestler at 126 pounds in InterMat’s national rankings, and the fourth-ranked wrestler in FloWrestling’s national rankings, Camacho won the 126-pound championship last month at the prestigious Super 32 national tournament in North Carolina — certainly a rare accomplishment for a wrestler from Connecticut.
“All the work I’ve put in since I was little in Danbury, and all the work I’ve put in during the offseason at Iowa Style, it really shows that hard work does pay off,” Camacho said.
Camacho’s career already ranks as one of the greatest all-time at Danbury High, and he still has his entire senior season to add to his trophy case.
His DHS career record of 135-10 includes a 44-2 record last season. In his first three high school seasons, Camacho has won three straight FCIAC titles; reached three straight Class LL state finals and won two titles; reached three straight State Open finals and won two titles; and placed in the top three in New England three straight years, winning a championship last season.
He also won the Eastern States Classic in upstate New York last year, and received the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award for his performance.
“Personally, my goal, … is just to dominate,” Camacho said. “I want to put points up on the board, have fun and let it fly.”
He also led the Hatters to their first New England title since 1990.
“Jakob is a very focused kid, and he’s been that way since he was little,” Danbury coach Ricky Shook said. “That’s kind of rubbing off on our younger guys right now.”
At N.C. State, Camacho will follow another all-time Hatter great, Kevin Jack, who is in the midst of a sensational senior season with the sixth-ranked Wolfpack. Jack is the No. 2-ranked wrestler in the country at 141 pounds.
“He’s given me the rundown on a lot of things, and he’s obviously loved it down there,” Camacho said. “He’s told me nothing but good things. They work hard, it’s fun, it’s a tight ship, and I’m excited to go down there. Wrestling-wise, I’m going there to be the best that I can be and reach my potential, more so than to try and repeat what he’s done. I’m just going to go out there and be myself and be the best that I can be, however that ends up.”