Prep wrestling

A welcome loss: Clark's Zamora has dropped over 50 pounds

2013-11-26T18:01:00Z 2013-11-26T22:52:09Z A welcome loss: Clark's Zamora has dropped over 50 poundsDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 26, 2013 6:01 pm  • 

Rene Zamora admits he has a bit of a sweet tooth.

The Clark junior misses eating ice cream and cake. These days, he eats a lot of chicken, salads and broccoli. But it's been worth it.

Zamora has lost more than 50 pounds since the start of his sophomore wrestling season, when he came in at about 245 pounds and was wrestling at heavyweight. By the end of last year, he was wrestling at 220.

"I didn't think I could ever do this," he said. "At first, (losing weight) just kind of happened. Once I saw I was losing weight, I wanted to keep going."

He did offseason jogging and exercise in addition to the workouts for football and baseball, and opened his junior grappling campaign at 195.

"One day after practice he said 'coach, I think I can make 220,' and I told him to go for it. As the season progressed and his weight kept coming off, the coaches joked around about how tough he would be at 195," coach Matt Atherton said. "He made up his mind to do this and he did. Rene possesses an intense inner-drive to succeed, which is something a coach cannot teach."

The result has been good for Zamora on the mat. Atherton says his newfound svelte physique, combined with work he's done with assistant coach and mixed martial artist Craig Fruth, has made Zamora more aggressive.

"He's no longer afraid to take shots," Atherton said. "His low single leg is difficult to defend."

Zamora was able to hold his own against larger opponents last season. He finished with a 26-7 record and was a regional qualifier. But taking on the little guys at 195 has given him a newfound confidence. He said he's looking forward to showing what he can do at the Lake Central Harvest Classic and Lake County tournament.

"Losing the weight has made me quicker. It's even easier at 195," Zamora said. "It's harder to throw those big guys around."

Zamora may not be done cutting off the pounds, either. He says he could see working his way down to 170 by the end of this season.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Which local prep soccer semistate qualifier will most likely reach state?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News