Standing nearly 6 feet tall and weighing just 120 pounds, Portage junior Dylan Logsdon looks like he belongs on a basketball court more than a wrestling mat.
"He still hasn't won a weigh-in," Portage assistant coach Eric Keith joked about Logsdon's skinny frame.
But there's more than one way to win a match, and Keith would know. He won a state title at Portage and wrestled for Michigan State with a similar body build.
"It's the leverage part that people don't understand," Keith said. "It's very difficult to be under a guy who knows how to use leverage. Dylan's all arms and legs. He's like an anaconda snake. He wraps around you a couple times; it's over."
After choosing wrestling over hoops as a freshman, Logsdon saw the varsity mat on a limited basis last year. He sprouted about 4 inches in the offseason, gaining little weight thanks to a strict diet and running regimen of 60 miles a week. The progress has been dramatic.
"Dylan's improved a ton," Portage coach Leroy Vega said. "One thing he does real well is make his opponent wrestle his style, make them adjust to him. He's a lot different than any other guy we have. It's not too often I work with a guy who can cradle anyone. It's real exciting to have a guy you know can get a pin at any moment.
"Wrestling with him makes me feel very uncomfortable. People don't like to be on bottom against him."
Logsdon showed that at Saturday's LaPorte Sectional, pinning John Glenn's Myles White in the finals with a second-period cradle.
"I've got a longer reach, so I can stay farther back, watch shots come," Logsdon said. "I feel like I can slow everything down and work my moves. (Keith) teaches me how to look for different angles, different ways to set up cradles. There are many places I can hit them from."
Opponents know that. The scouting report is out on Logsdon. Even if foes are aware of what's coming, sometimes they can't stop it.
"He gets (the cradle) so tight, when he gets it locked, it's over," Vega said. "We're working on his defense, his takedowns. It's great to have a guy like Eric to wrestle with Dylan. I maybe cradled two guys in my life, if that. He's made him better."
Also a cross country runner, Logsdon finds a parallel between that sport and wrestling that goes beyond the obvious conditioning factor.
"It's mostly mental," he said. "Part of you says to give up, but you have to keep going. I don't like to stop."
Logsdon takes a 24-9 mark into tonight's Portage Team Regional. The Crown Point Individual Regional is Saturday.
"Once we got into the postseason, I've been training harder," he said. "(My goals) are higher. I've felt like I can do it, that I can take everyone on."
Given the strides Logsdon has made in one season, Keith is already anxious to see what he can do next year.
"He hasn't lost a match where he's gotten a single takedown, so we're trying to find ways to maximize what he can do on his feet," Keith said. "Once he gets on top, it's another ball game. I can't wait to have another summer with him to add more and more to his game. By the time it's all said and done, I think he can be as good as anybody in the state on top."