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One Shot Away, A Wrestling Story

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  31 reviews
It’s senior year and the last season for Diggy, Jimmy, and Trevor on the Molly Pitcher High School varsity wrestling team. And they all want the same thing: to win.

But Diggy’s got to compete with his older brother’s legacy, and now he’s in danger of losing his spot to newcomer Trevor. Jimmy’s got the cops after him, and a girlfriend who looks down on him. Then Diggy does t
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 12th 2012 by HarperTeen (first published October 2nd 2012)
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I'm bumping this one up to a five. The more I look back on it, the more I realize how much more I loved this than I originally thought. I really, really want my own brother. Revised review to come.


Kaede is both shocked and happy. So...I might look a bit like this...maybe:

But like, just a teensy bit less cuter.

A wrestling story. Never in my life did I think I'd enjoy a wrestling story. I'm a girl. And a fairly girly one at that. But One Shot Away was so much more than just a wrestling story.
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Amidst all the fantasy and paranormal books it is always great to settle down and find a book focused around sports. Being an athlete and sports enthusiast myself, I appreciate a well-written book on the topic. One Shot Away is an interesting story about three wrestlers and their journey through their senior year as wrestlers. This being his third novel, T. Glen Coughlin does a pretty good job of combining the lives of the three main characters to create an intriguing storyline.

For example, one
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Very intreaging book.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: up-for-trade
Wrestling is not a big deal where I live. I know my school has a wrestling team, but I could not name one person on it or the results of any match. Really the only time I've heard about our wresting team was during the ringworm epidemic of 2011. The point in telling you this is that I enjoyed this "wresting novel" even though I know nothing about the sport.

Admittedly, it did take me a while to get into this book. The book is told by a third person limited narrator, which each chapter centering
Ms. Yingling
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Diggy's father is living vicariously through his sons. Diggy's older brother did very well, but is now in college and enjoying his studies and NOT wrestling. The biggest problem Diggy faces is that he is always hungry and has gone up a wait class, so he may lose his spot at 152 to Trevor unless he can cut enough.

Trevor's father died in a car accident, and he and his mother are running a seedy motel for a man interested in Trevor's mother. Trevor gets constant grief for being Native American, but
Aiden Ruble
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read One Shot Away by T. Glen Coughlin. This realistic fiction book was about 3 high school wrestlers during their senior year. As they fight for spots and to make weight you see the lengths people will go to to win. The book also shows the pressures of high school and how mean some people can be. There is a lot of pressure in being and staying the best and you see how the teens cope with this and various family and personal problems. Jimmy lost one time last year and predicted to have a great ...more
Mary Brebner
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was my first wrestling story and I really enjoyed it! Actually, this year, I've learned a lot about wrestling, as a couple of my students are wrestlers on our high school team (I recommended this book to them, btw. They were pretty darned excited that there was a book about their sport out there! Of course, there are some others but they're few and far between.).

ONE SHOT AWAY follows the trials and tribulations (of which there are many!) of three young wrestlers, Diggy, Jimmy and Trevor. Th
Jacob Kern
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. The characters Diggy, Trevor, and Jimmy are just like me and my friends. They live in a small town and all they want to do is wrestle. The most exciting part in the book is when Diggy and Trevor get in a fight. You don't know if Trevor is going to live. The fight and wrestling ruin their friendships with eachother and the team.
Carol Morison
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wrestling book. Wasn't sure I'd like it, but it wasn't bad. Had to read it for ROYAL. I think some of the high school guys will enjoy reading it. Talks about three different guys, their problems, their dreams, their hunger for wrestling title.
Zach Brown
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One Shot Away by T. Glen Coughlin is about the senior year of 3 wrestler at Molly Pitcher High School. Diggy Masters, Jimmy O'Shea, and Trevor Crow all have the same goal of winning a state title and getting their name on the infamous Wall of State Champions. Diggy Masters is the younger brother of a former state champion wrestler from Molly Pitcher. He believes it is his responsibility to win a state title just like his brother did. Jimmy O’Shea is a close friend of Diggy’s and is also on the w ...more
Joey Gaskill
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can connect with this book because the main characters were wrestlers and I am a wrestler. Jimmy, the varsity captain was going through his senior year of high school and was hoping to win the districts tournament. I can relate to this because last year was my final year of club wrestling. I was hoping to make it down to the state tournament. Instead of just making it, I became an Illinois state finalist, and was actually the first finalist in our clubs history.

I really enjoyed reading this bo
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One Shot Away was a great wrestling story with a lot of action from the beginning to the end of the novel. One Shot Away is fulfilling to those audiences who love wrestling. I liked how the main character's life describes a lot to some people in our society. I recommend this novel to people who like intense and funny books. I will warn you this book has some strong language and should be read by someone around thirteen and older.
Chapter by Chapter
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been really interested in reading One Shot Away after finding out that it was a story about wrestling. Even though I am a teenage girl I have done a bit of wrestling and while I didn’t exactly adore the training and repetitive movements that all aim at the pin—I did adore reading One Shot Away by author T. Glen Coughlin. It was a fun read that I got into almost instantly. Wrestling does sound like more of a boy sport and a novel that focuses on it should sound like a novel that is meant mor ...more
Chance S
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
this is a very good book for kids that like wrestling and book with lots of problems
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Being a big sports fan, I love seeing sports themed YA books. I think there needs to be more. T. Glen Coughlin's One Shot Away isn't a book I'd normally find myself picking up, even though I just said I love sports. Reading a story about 3 different senior guys who all wrestle didn't sound appealing at first, but there was something about this story that made me want to read it. What a great story it was. T. Glen Coughlin wrote a fabulous contemporary for guys! Each of his unique characters, and ...more
Heidi Yonkovic
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I chose One Shot Away because I enjoy sports and my family wrestles so I thought I could relate to this book. It is realistic fiction because it is a situation that any wrestler could go through. It shows all the bad decisions people make and that working hard will pay off in the end. In this book Trevor who was always just a jv wrestler worked extremely hard over the summer to get the 152 varsity spot which was currently taken over by Diggy who would be tough to beat and had a brother that went ...more
Actual rating: 3.5 stars - I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. It covers the senior years of three wrestlers - Jimmy, Trevor, and Diggy. All three have messed-up family lives. Jimmy's wrestling obsessed dad is a criminal who is trying to rope Jimmy into helping him steal lumber (even though it puts Jimmy's wrestling career and scholarship dreams in jeapordy). Native American Trevor's loving father was tragically killed in a freak car accident. His grieving and financially strapp ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Carrie Ardoin
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it

This was a wrestling book that didn't actually contain much wrestling. For that, I am kind of glad, because for someone like me who doesn't know a thing about the sport, the book was still easy to follow.

The novel is told in alternating chapters of three senior wrestlers: Diggy, Trevor, and Jimmy. Diggy's dad never lets up and never believes he will live up to the legacy of his brother. Trevor's dad has recently passed away, and Trevor has found a new drive to be a wrestler. Jimmy is u
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
One Shot Away by T. Glen Coughlin was a really unique read. It is the perfect blend and will appeal to both guys and gals. There is so much of real life in One Shot Away - T. Glen Coughlin really captured what high school is like and did so in a unique way, through the eyes of wrestlers.
I loved T. Glen Coughlin's choice of wrestling - It is the perfect sport to illustrate the fact that guys have some of the same issue girls do, but they get highlighted much less. Watching the boys struggle with
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
I am not sure about you, but as someone who grew up not very athletically inclined, but came to see the light when it comes to exercise as an adult, I find myself immensely attracted to young adult books where sports play a central role. I’ll admit I did participate in: cheerleading, swim team, and volleyball plus a few 3-on-3 basketball tournaments growing up. However, I was never very good at sports. In One Shot Away by T. Glen Coughlin, the three protagonists are actually very, very serious a ...more
Travis Dake
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really like this book because it is about wrestling and has a lot of problems that people have everyday. Trevor's dad died and he is ready to join his dad all because of what another teammate did. Diggy is faced with the problem of someone taking his spot on the team and being as good as his brother. Jimmy is the team captain but is afraid he will lose everything because of something he and his father did. the book is really interesting and makes you want to keep reading but in the beginning i ...more
Mrs. Schatz
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Why do some parents think they own their children--can treat them anyway they want? Make them do things they shouldn't? The story is told from the perspective of three high school seniors who are wrestlers. It could have been any sport. I know next to nothing about wrestling but it was intriguing. The story is how the three boys cope with their families, friends, parents, and their sport. Which of the three makes it? 1? 2? or all 3? I read it in one sitting so it is engrossing.
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
I'm an advocate for good sports focused books, so when ONE SHOT AWAY came across my doorstep and I saw that the premise was wrestling, I was excited to give it a try since I have no wrestling book suggestions in my repertoire.

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Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: family, wrestling
This was somewhat of a disappointment. There were very few wrestling scenes, the female characters were all very weak and not a single character had a good home life. Maybe that was the point, but the wrestling team wasn't really written as a team of guys who supported each other either.
Edward Sullivan
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Reviewed professionally.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
A "World According to Garp" for a new generation.
Very good High School sports book. There were a lot of characters and a lot of angles to read. Sometimes it was hard to keep track of, but it comes together in the end.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
It's senior year for these three wrestlers, and the pressure is on. How will they handle it?
Apr 18, 2017 added it
3 guys on a wrestling team compete for there spot on the varsity roster. Diggy is in the shadow of his older brother who was the star wrestler on the team. But when he is pressed to fight for his spot on the roster with a new comer named Trevor. After he gets in trouble with the cops and turns on he's team he has to earn his way back.
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Coughlin's first novel, The Hero of New York, was finished when he was 23 years old and explored the dark side of the middle class suburban dream. New York Times reviewer, Dennis Smith (1986) wrote, "The Hero of New York is solid tough-guy entertainment, and Mr. Coughlin's descriptions can be hilarious." Coughlin’s second novel, Steady Eddie, is a coming-of-age story set in Long Island, New York i ...more