I want to dominate my weight class better, and I'd like to repeat — I have nowhere else to go. The class will be stronger, maybe faster and more experienced, and the kids will be a mixture of familiar opponents and unfamiliar ones. I'm always excited to wrestle new kids, who give you new challenges, and kids from the past, in matches where you can see how you've progressed and how they have.

How do you think your team will do this season?

Payton Beachum (senior at 220 pounds) and Tony Simuel (senior at 145 pounds) were both at states last year, and we push each other all the time in practice. Practices get rough sometimes. We only lost one wrestler from last year's team, and I think we're going to be good.

If you could do anything, what would it be?

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I'd probably go skydiving. Why not? It looks like fun.

What's the most important thing you learned from Walter Johnson, your rec league coach, and from Jay Solera here at Western Tech?

From Coach Johnson, I learned sports are extracurricular and a privilege, that school is what should matter most and academics are the most important thing. From Coach Solera, I've learned to be a hard worker, to never take days off, and to never slack off because if you do, you're only cheating yourself. He's taught me to do all the ordinary things extraordinarily well.


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