Live Oak High School wrestling coach Chris Collier has seen it before.
The demeanor and physique are the same and so are the techniques sophomore Clayton Hill relies on.
Is the brother of former Live Oak star Cody Hill ready to take a lead role for the Eagles?
Collier thinks so as Live Oak heads to the LHSAA wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday in Bossier City.
“In a lot of ways, he is a carbon copy of Cody,” Collier said. “They not only look alike, but they also wrestle alike. Cody came on his sophomore year. We would like to see that happen for Clayton, too.”
Thanks to professional wrestling, the wrestler stereotype is a hulking competitor. At 5-foot-4, 106 pounds, Hill illustrates what high school wrestling is about as a smaller guy who finds a niche.
Hill wrestled at 113 most of the year. He moved down to 106, the weight class he competed in as a freshman, to fill a need on the LOHS team.
“When I saw I could help the team by moving down to 106, it made sense,” Hill said. “We have other guys who could wrestle at 113, but I was the only one who could go to 106, which fills a hole in our lineup. I’m comfortable at 106.”
Hill takes a 54-10 record into the LHSAA tourney while helping fill the lineup for an Eagles team that is an underdog behind defending champion Teurlings Catholic and Parkway.
Hill’s approach is a mature one for a 16-year-old. He is a young team captain who grew up watching his brother. Cody Hill just completed his college career at Tennessee-Chattanooga. He also competed in the Live Oak junior program his father, Norvin, helped coach.
“I started watching wrestling when I was in fourth grade,” Hill said. “I liked the competitive part and almost everything about it. The only thing I didn’t like was the idea of wearing a singlet. But I got past that.”
Collier said Hill has improved all his skills, including his ability to wrestle on his feet. Hill's heart and desire also will be crucial this weekend for a LOHS squad that has just one senior.
“People are not expecting much from us because we are so young,” Hill said. “If we stay together as a team and handle our roles, I think anything is possible.”