I really just started coming into my own in middle school in 2020. My style has always been unorthodox so my Dad sent me to the best coaches he could find for that. I spent most of my childhood and middle school years going to NCAA Champion Mitch Clark's leg riding camps. I have travelled to work with Ben and Max Askren and will continue to do so as I love scrambling. Mike Krause was a very influential coach in my life and he believed in me during my awkward phases and encouraged me to keep at it. I also have a private Greco Roman coach, Ty WIldmo and study with him year round. My shot style is patterned after John Smith and we extensively work on his drills and skill building for the low single and the duck under. I plan to attend the Oklahoma State technique camps to try and work with John directly if they have those camps again.
What my Dad was trying to do was expose me to the best coaches for the unorthodox instincts I had naturally rather then trying to discourage me from being myself as a wrestler. Coach Tim Roberts from Dundee turned out to be a good fit as he is open minded and understands that wrestlers of different dispositions and body types are going to gravitate to different techniques. We didn't just watch youtube videos of crazy stuff and try to make it work. We dug deep into the actual work needed to master these techniques.
The wrestlers I most admire are Jason Nolf, Bo Nickal, Ben Askren, Mitch Clark, John Smith, and J'Den Cox. And they have all had a big influence on my style.
I am sure a lot of kids say they would like to wrestle for Penn State or Oklahoma State for novelty reasons, but for me it has to do with the coaching style of those universities. I have heard Cael Sanderson encourages creative wrestling in his room and that's really the environment I do best in. I would love to train with John Smith as I take his system very seriously and I have found a lot of coaches don't even understand the complexities of the low single and it's a big part of my style. I would be the best fit for coaches who are open minded and open to creativity. (With the obvious caveat that techniques are proven effective. Not just flashy.) If there was a program with Greco-Roman opportunities nearby that would peak my interest as well.
Academically I am actually mostly interested in the trades and am considering being an electrician. I prefer to work with my hands over extensive "book learning" but if I got the call to work for the right school I would do so regardless. Staying close to home is a preference if I was not asked to go to a school that I know would fit my wrestling style.