My youth was spent as a multi-sport athlete, playing hockey, soccer, and lacrosse with some of the best teams in my area. Coaches from each sport tried to persuade me to focus on their sport, but my parents thought it was important not to specialize too soon. When I was five years old, my Dad introduced me to the sport of wrestling, and nothing else I did was like wrestling. The discipline and focus my coaches demanded were just what I needed as an energetic kid. While I wasn’t immediately successful as a youth wrestler, I loved the sport, and I was consistently improving. I was determined and encouraged to be among the best. I’ve continued to grow by challenging myself to get better every day. I’m proud to be among the top wrestlers today and one that younger wrestlers can look up to as I did growing up. This sport has taught me that there are times of adversity, and opportunities to grow through that adversity. I’ve learned that there is something I can take from every match and every opponent either in practice or in a match. I have learned that success is earned through a strong body and mind. Wrestling has shown me that whatever you put in you get out, and I’ve applied these lessons to everything I do. I’m fortunate to train with the best coaches and wrestlers that push me to realize my potential, never let me give up, and never stop improving.
Now looking forward, I see how the work I put in will help shape my future and allow me to compete at the highest college level, where I hope to realize success both athletically and academically.
Wrestling is a big part of my life, but it’s essential to look beyond athletics and maximize my opportunities for the future. Choosing the right school has the potential to ensure a long, successful professional career. With the right school, the lessons I learn both on and off the mat will shape my future. I’m seeking an environment that has both motivated and motivating coaches, teachers, and student-athletes, who achieve success together.