I began wrestling in the sixth grade to stand out from my core set of friends, whom were playing basketball that season. I was looking for something to stand out from the pack. That idea has continued throughout my career, and I believe will be a reason for continued success in college. Beyond the desire to stand out, I take great pride in the work I put into wrestling. Off-season workouts, camps, and tournaments has been great for my development. I've experienced several coaches through the years and listen, learn, and respect all of them. Each has contributed to my success, and I see this opportunity as a type of reward for their efforts as well.
Entering my junior season, I have my eyes on a 30 win season and qualifying for the Illinois State Tournament. I'm currently a 3.0 GPA student, but expect more for myself over the final couple years of high school. I'm undecided on a specific major, but am looking into sports management, sports medicine, or business.
Wrestling varsity as a freshman and sophomore has give me great experience. Last season's highlight was placing 2nd in conference, and 2nd in the regional finals. I lost the championship matches to the same wrestler, a 2-time state placer. He got the best of me on those days, and that is the reason he has been a wrestling partner in the off-season. I can only close the gap by wrestling the best available guys. It's that type of mentality that will drive my success moving forward.