“Jedidiah Kim is the epitome of hard work paying off. He has set his goals high and has worked to achieve those goals. Not only is he a state champion in wrestling, but he is also a world-class violinist and an academic All-American. Last year his season-ending injury took him out of contention in an excellent Prep State campaign. This year, he committed himself to working and building himself and his teammates to a higher level. At the Prep National Tournament, Jedidiah was one round away from the “Blood Round” and had to wrestle some tough opponents from Maryland, New Jersey, and New York at the 138lbs weight class. He moved up a weight so that he could study for his Advanced Placement (AP) exams with minimal distraction. A true Renaissance Scholar-Athlete, congratulations Jedidiah Kim for winning this year’s Most Valuable Wrestler.
“Cooper Ribman has been a standout wrestler throughout his four years on Varsity. His focus and dedication to wrestling have garnered him national notoriety despite back-to-back injuries. As a freshman, he ranked in the top eight of the national-level Prep Slam tournament in Atlanta, GA, and recently won the silver medal at the Texas Prep State Championship. At the Prep Nationals Wrestling Open, Cooper represented St. Mark’s in true fashion by earning his way to the infamous “Blood Round” by avenging his loss to Liberty Christian’s R. Baller by a score of 4 to 3. This match was exemplary of Cooper’s ability to learn from and improve from a State Championship loss. Furthermore, Cooper’s 4.32 cumulative grade point average reflects a true Greco-Roman scholar-athlete. He has been named captain all four years of his high school wrestling career and will carry his dedication and hard work to the Harvard wrestling team. Congratulations Cooper Ribman, your hard work has paid off by winning this year’s Co-MVP Wrestler.”
–Coach Reyno Arredondo