Lyman traveling the road less recognized

Quincy Lyman is hardly the most recognizable athlete at South Kitsap.

The 5-foot-8 senior played football, but mostly is remembered as the player who kicked the extra point after Stephen Tucker scored. On the wrestling mat, most of the talk centers around Matt Foxworthy, the top-ranked Class 4A competitor in the 215-pound classification.

“I’m not a big guy and I don’t think they expected a bunch from me other than kicking,” Lyman said. “I went out there and did what I did and got in shape for wrestling.”

That might be a bit of an understatement. Unlike kickers who focus solely on their craft in practice, Lyman participated in both offensive and defensive drills and even played at positions other than kicker.

Those traits and his personality have made him popular among teammates.

“Quincy is a good guy,” said Deandre Jackson, a senior who has played football and wrestled with Lyman. “He’s really laid-back. You never see him yell.”

Foxworthy has known Lyman since they wrestled together at Sedgwick Junior High.

“He’s awesome,” Foxworthy said. “He’s a team leader and he loves everybody just as much as I do. He’s a team leader.”

That not only comes on the mat and gridiron, but in the classroom, too. Lyman carries a 3.9 grade-point average and takes Advanced Placement calculus and government. He hopes to enter the engineering program in the fall at Washington State University, and says that could possibly lead to a career in architecture.

South coach Chad Nass said he’s had Lyman in class.

“I tried my best to give him a B or an A-,” Nass said, laughing. “He’s pretty smart.”

And apparently someone who brings energy to the team, he added.

“As a coach, there’s days when you’re tired and think, ‘Oh man, we’ve got to practice today.’ As soon as you get into the room you see him and he brightens you up.”

There’s a serious side to Lyman, too. Simply put, he doesn’t want to lose.

“I’ve seen Quincy down by a lot and come back to win because he’s got great stamina,” Nass said. “It’s a reflection of his work ethic.”

And while Lyman doesn’t see himself competing in sports at the next level, Nass said his pupil has talent.

“He’s got a nice arsenal of moves,” he said. “He’s not one-dimensional.

“He’s pretty much everything you could ask for in a wrestler.”

An alternate at last season’s Mat Classic, Lyman said he hopes “this year I’ll go and place.”

And that would be a recognizable achievement.

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