Following in my brothers footsteps, I started wrestling at the young age of 5. As the years went on, the goal never changed. It’s always been to earn a spot on the state podium. To complete my goal, I had to make many sacrifices. It was never easy. Instead of hanging out with my friends, playing video games, and other activities, I went to numerous practices, camps, and tournaments. I also had to endure the pain of constantly monitoring my weight, and I had to give up almost all junk food and sweets. Sometimes it was hard to keep going. Quitting had crossed my mind a time or two when the sacrifices seemed like they were becoming too much. Nonetheless, I would soon come to realize that my hard work was not in vain.
So far in my high school career, I have exceeded many people's expectations and my dream started to become reality. My freshman year I qualified for state by barely winning a double overtime match as an underdog against a highly ranked senior. However, my journey ended after losing my first 2 matches at state. I’m extremely proud that I went to state, but knew I could achieve more. I learned what standards I had to meet to reach the next level. I gained the motivation to come and work even harder than I ever had before.
I reached state once again my sophomore year, but this time I was more prepared. Even though I lost my first match, I didn't lose hope. There were many dog fights that came down to the final seconds. I ended up battling back to win against a senior that beat me earlier that year. This win moved me further in the bracket to wrestle for the 3rd place match. I finished 4th place as a sophomore.I don’t plan on stopping there, for my final 2 years of high school I’ll be striving to reach the number one spot on the podium.
After high school, I plan on using my wrestling career to increase my chances of obtaining a college scholarship. This would allow me to further my academics and continue doing what I love. I have high hopes of being a college wrestler. To help accomplish this, I have participated in a college prospect camp and made contact with a few college scouts. I would like to attend a college that could help me grow into a person that I will be proud of.
As much as I have given to the sport of wrestling, it’s given me a lot too as I truly believe it has played an important role in helping me become the best version of myself. It has shaped me into a well rounded individual. I learned how to be independent and rely on myself. Wrestling is an individual sport. When you’re out on the mat, it is just you and your opponent. There are no substitutions and no time outs. All the responsibility lies on your shoulders, to either win or lose, it’s all up to you. Wrestling has taught me perseverance, how to work for my goals, and how to persist through the hard times even when I did not want to. I have learned to never give up.