New Castle News


July 4, 2013

Male Athlete of the Year: Jon Yohman of Wilmington



Yohman didn’t throw a football, but he did toss his opponents aside on the offensive and defensive line for the ’Hounds. He was a Region 3-AA first-team selection on both lines the past two seasons. In addition, he was named to the offensive line for the All-D-10 team as selected by the Erie Times-News staff.

“I think Jon’s main attribute is that he is so strong,” Wilmington football coach Terry Verrelli said. “He is quick and has good speed for his size. He has done a great job being a key role player on our team all four years. He just got better every single year. He just got stronger and stronger every year, too.”

Strength was apparent for Yohman right away. He became the first ’Hounds player to join the program’s 1,000-pound club, which involves bench press, squat and power clean.

“We’ve only had seven kids do it. Most of them reach when it they are a senior. He reached it when he was a freshman,” Verrelli said. “He is definitely the strongest player I have had in all the years I have been there. He just kept on growing, strength-wise. He is a hard worker in the weight room as well as on the field. He really concentrated on having correct form. He was a great leader for us as well as being super strong and quick.

“It’s nice to have older brothers who helped work with him, too.”

Lifting weights is a family tradition for the Yohmans.

“I’d say I just inherited it. My dad would always be lifting. I’d sit there and watch him, along with my brothers. My oldest brother, Paul, was real big into lifting. I just took to it. Luke was after Paul and I watched him and lifted with those guys. They took me in as one of their lifting buddies. They taught me everything I know,” Jon said. “My main goal is I want to be as strong and athletic as possible. That only benefits you. In my words, I need as much ‘horsepower’ as I could get. That only benefited me in both sports.”

High school football remains special for Jon.

“Deep down, I will always like football better. There’s no changing that,” he said. “It was more of a school spirit thing. It was a great atmosphere and everyone supports you and there are all those rivalries. If I had to, I’d pick high school football over high school track. I love both sports tremendously and I am glad I could compete in both of them.”

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