I started wresting in fourth grade with my English teacher, Mr. Thompson, who was also the head of the wrestling program. It was inspiring to have him as my first coach, especially because he wrestled in high school with my older brother. I started the sport to gain the respect of my brother and my dad, but I stayed in the sport for my team. Everyone thinks of wrestling as an individual's sport, but I could not have succeeded without my teammates being there for me on the mat and off. My freshman year, I met my best friends when I joined my high school team. Each of them served as role models for me, pushing me to study hard and become a better wrestler - for myself and the team. I did not want to be the reason they missed out on a state title. Now that I am older, I try to do the same to mentor the younger wrestlers and instill teamwork.
I have steadily improved my wrestling accomplishments and grades throughout the years, and hope to continue in college. At the state level, I ended up placing fourth my freshman year, third my sophomore year, second my junior year, and my team placed second at TAPPS my sophomore year. I competed at nationals my sophomore and junior years. Also, I was on the honor-roll while competing at state and national and maintained a 4.12 GPA my last two-semesters. As a senior, I am taking more AP classes to improve my overall GPA and my goal was to place first at state and place at nationals before Covid. I am a strong and dedicated wrestler and would like to compete at the collegiate level. I am also passionate about Philosophy and Law and am setting my sights on academic success by maintaining my priorities and ensuring grades in college will always come first.