Josh Ison, Batavia High School senior, has signed a letter-of-intent to further his education and athletic career at Morehead (Ky.) State University.
Ison was a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division and all-city all-star in football and wrestling. He was a district qualifier in wrestling. He was a three-year letterman on the gridiron and mat and a four-year letterman in track and field. He was awarded Batavia High School’s prestigious John Boggs Award for his character, leadership, and dedication both in and out of athletic competition. The football team captain was awarded this year as the Bulldogs’ most valuable player and earned the Ironman Award.
In addition to sports participation he is a member of the National Honor Society, Energy Leaders group, and a senior mentor.
At Morehead he plans to major in veterinary science.
“When I visited Morehead I liked it there. It felt like home,” Ison said. “The coaches were really nice and winning is expected there.”
"I'm very pleased. It's where Josh wants to go and it'll be great with me if it suits him," said Jenny, his mom.
"It has been a pleasure to see Josh mature into a fine young man. He was very valuable to our program. I think he made a good decision about college," said Joe Moorehead, Batavia High School head football coach. "He played defensive tackle and held down the D line."
Several athletic events stand out as prime moments in Ison's career.
He said, "I enjoyed the friendly rivalry I had in wrestling with Ryan Giltz (Goshen senior). We became good friends after wrestling season...The New Richmond football game my junior year was one of the best I ever had."
Before he leaves Batavia to begin his college career, Ison thanked several people of particular importance to him.
"My grandparents (Al and Pat Ison) are my role models...my parents have always been there for me. They've always been supportive...Josh Osborne helped me with my weight lifting. He's one of my best friends... Scott (uncle) has been very supportive in wrestling...Jake (brother, Ohio University wrestler) has always pushed me...Emily Webb is one of my best friends. She came to every football game."