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Jaxon Clayton graduates as airman

The former Pahrump Valley High 2015 state wrestling champ graduated from basic training as a U.S. Airman with honors at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

In 2015, Clayton was part of the 2014-15 wrestling team that went to Winnemucca and stunned and defeated the Lowery wrestling team, who had won the state title for eight years in a row.

At the state tournament, Jax and his twin Jace Clayton made history by both winning an individual state title. At the time, no other identical twins had ever done that. Jax Clayton took the 195-pound title and Jace Clayton took the 285-pound title. Jax said at the time that he was all nerves.

“It was a lot of anticipation building up to it but I got a pin the first period against my South Tahoe opponent.” The pin put him in the semifinals.

In addition to wrestling, Jax was a key lineman for the Trojans, playing football for four years.

Jaxon Clayton completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principals and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Clayton is the son of Joseph and Holly Clayton.

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