By Ron Counts
Austin Jenkins can’t help but eat, sleep and dream takedowns, toe holds and pins.
The career wins leader in Culpeper County history with 216, Jenkins comes from a wrestling family. His cousin, Jason Inskeep, brought a state title to the county in 1995, and his father, Eddie, was a four-year varsity wrestler at Culpeper County High School before graduating in 1992.
Now, the four-time state qualifier and two-time state runner-up is writing a new chapter in the Jenkins legacy, as he signed with Ferrum College Thursday in front of about 40 teammates and friends in the Eastern View Forum, becoming the first member of his family to wrestle collegiately.
“Ferrum has a hard-nosed, go-after-it program that fits our style and fits Austin perfectly,” Eastern View wrestling coach Eric Brown said. “You have to be driven to have accomplished as much as he has, and you won’t find many wrestlers that are willing to out work him.”
And just think, Jenkins’ wrestling career almost ended before it even really began.