Daiquon Jackson has been a force on the wrestling mat all season long for Northside. Now he has his sights set on just two things. A state championship and the only grappler who has beaten him this season.
Jackson will compete in the 195-pound division in this weekend's state wrestling meet in Little Rock. Jackson is the number three seed, which is opposite of Rogers' Gio Soto. Soto is the only wrestler to but a blemish on Jackson's 23-2 record.
"I kind of look for weaknesses but if you go against someone where there’s not really that many weaknesses you just stick with your game plan and go with that," Jackson said. "Try to be smart, not get caught.
"The one guy I lost to was in overtime and he’s ranked number one. I think I can do pretty good. I’m trying to work on what I know and not make mistakes because that’s how he beat me."
Jackson has a little different philosophy when it comes to a game plan. Most wrestlers will wait for a move to come to them but that is far from what Jackson does.
"Daiquon is a little different," Northside coach Ted Neal said. "Most times you watch wrestlers, they’ll sit back and wait for you to make a mistake and they go. Daiquon, as soon it starts he’s full speed. He goes at you. He’s real aggressive. He’s a different type. He’s fun to watch."
The Northside senior has not only built momentum on the wrestling mat but in the community as well.
"Everywhere you go around here, you mention Daiquon Jackson and he’s got fans. Just like senior night the other night, the most people we’ve had at a wrestling event this so everybody is rooting for Daiquon."