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Roger Brown's State of Sports: Post hopes to salvage spring

New Hampshire Union Leader

December 17. 2017 8:43PM

Athletically, it’s been a painful year for Timberlane Regional senior Jacob Post.

Many of you were probably there when the pain began. Post, one of the best running backs in the state, took a handoff against Manchester Central in the Queen City Jamboree, sprinted toward the sideline and then cut inside to avoid defenders.

When he made the cut, something bad happened.

“As soon as I planted I heard that pop in my knee,” Post recalled. “It was excruciating pain.”

It was even worse than Post feared. He tore the ACL in his left knee. Not only would his miss his final season of high school football, the injury took away his senior season with the Timberlane wrestling team as well.

“The doctor said it was going to be at least a six-month process (rehabilitation), so I knew I wouldn’t be wrestling,” Post said. “I took the most devastation with football because I’m definitely a football player who wrestles. That home opener … that Friday night wasn’t the same. Watching your friends play knowing you couldn’t be out there was pretty hard.”

Post was coming off a junior season when he ran for 1,341 yards on 176 carries and scored 15 touchdowns. A starter since his freshman year, Post had 3,595 all-purpose yards — 1,938 yards rushing — and scored 31 TDs during what ended up being a three-year high school football career.

“We’ve had some good backs come through our program and he’s right up there with them,” Timberlane football coach Kevin Fitzgerald said. “It’s tough to see someone lose their senior season, but he was at practice when he could be and he was a good resource on the sideline. I feel fortunate to have coached him.”

Post was no slouch on the wrestling mat either. He won more than 30 matches at the 195-pound weight class in each of his last two seasons and, as you may know, Timberlane is no ordinary wrestling program. The Owls have won the Division I championship in 17 of the last 18 years, and have claimed the last 14 titles at the Meet of Champions.

Post defeated Londonderry’s Ben Psaledas to win the Division I championship at 195 pounds last winter before he lost to Windham’s Michael Tanguay in the championship match at the Meet of Champions. This is the first winter Post hasn’t wrestled since he was in sixth grade.

The good news is the injury hasn’t derailed Post’s plans to play college football. Walking on at the University of New Hampshire is a possibility, and Post said he had a good visit to Springfield College earlier this month. St. Anselm head coach Joe Adam is still showing interest, as are the coaches at Merrimack and Endicott.

There’s also a possibility that Post could play baseball for Timberlane in the spring. He played baseball as a freshman before turning to track for his sophomore and junior seasons.

Post said he’s been told his recovery is ahead of schedule, but he won’t know if playing baseball is a realistic possibility until after the wrestling season.

Post undoubtedly set high goals for himself in both football and wrestling entering his senior year. His goals are a bit more moderate at this point.

“The doctor said things are moving along pretty well — better than most people he’s seen who have had this injury,” Post said. “Right now it’s a goal of mine to be able to play a spring sport.”