Alber Shoots For State History

Dakota wrestler Josh Alber is trying to complete an undefeated four-year varsity career.
DAKOTA-He calls himself the Babyface Assassin. Dakota senior Josh Alber is unbeaten, and if he can stay that way for the next two weeks he'll make Illinois history.

Few people can say they are the best in the country. Josh Alber is one of them. The Dakota High School wrestler is ranked number one in the nation for the 132 pound class.

"It's something you have to work for your whole life,"says Alber. "My freshman year, I set that goal, just to get in the top 20 and then it came out and I was number one."

Alber is a senior and on his way to becoming the first wrestler in Illinois history to go all four years of high school without ever losing a match.

"It's almost indescribable," says Alber. "It's a great feeling, but now I just have to work and keep that ranking. There's a lot of pressure, but you have to deal with it to stay undefeated."

Alber has worked year round for four years to get his 165-0 record.

"The day to day lifting, running, drilling, watching film constantly on college guys, it's not necesarily competition just things I can learn," he says.

"He's a good leader by example," says Dakota assistant coach Matt Jacobs. "He never wants to get taken down in practice. Never wants anyone to score a point on him. And that's the right mentality too."

Alber is the fifth member of his family to be a state champion wrestler.

"Wrestling is everything to my family," says Alber. "Wake up in the morning wrestling. At supper we're talking wrestling, so to come out and do what I've done means a lot to the family and everything else and we just eat, sleep, wrestle.

Alber will go after his fourth individual state championship this weekend in Champaign. Next week he and his teammates will compete at Team Sectionals and then go after a second straight team state championship.

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