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Elijah Varona – Grand View

The Who
Elijah Varona

South Dade, FL


The Rundown
2x State Champ @ 113, 106

6th @ 106

The Commit
Grand View

“I chose Grand View because it felt like the best decision for me right now.

[Head] Coach [Nick] Mitchell has an extremely positive energy that I can feed on and grow with.

They also fully support Greco and Freestyle, which was one of the main things for me.

Wherever I go, I want to become the best in the world; starting on a team and winning national titles all come in the process.

Grand View definitely felt like the best decision for what I want to accomplish.”

The Background
“I committed to Mizzou after graduating, but I was too small, so I ended up moving to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for a year. Then, decommitted from Mizzou and moved to Cornell and entered the frog program [Finger Lakes].

After a semester, I had to go home and get surgeries on both of my hips, and that took me out for a year. I moved out to a D3 in New Jersey [New Jersey City] for a semester, where I recovered and got back into school.”

“It’s like I have this new strength and movement in my legs I’ve never had. Growing up, I hated running and shooting because I’ve had hip issues since birth, but I just always wrestled through it. Now I’ve got new hips, and I’m ready to go.”

The Greco
“I haven’t been exposed to international tournaments, yet. I made the [Jr. Greco] World team and couldn’t go because I got a concussion at Southeast Regionals hitting an arm throw that put me out for a year.

The Keys
“Relationship with my coach because I have grown up with my coaches being extremely close to me and can trust, especially if there is a word team on the line or when I had a broken leg and was nervous at states.

If I can really trust my coach, I believe I can become the best in the world.”

The Fit
“Someone who’s driven in academics and wants to become the best in the world in my weight class. I believe I am a person who brings people together, and that’s what I plan to do with the team.”

“[Expect] Lots of throws and upsets.”

“125, and I’m not really worried about starting. My training will speak for itself.”

The Future
“The plan is to become a World Champ.”

The Message
“If you’re looking for a coach that’s going to be honest, with you in big matches, and not just for you, Grand View is the place.”

The Fun Fact
I won my senior state title on one leg, then got a cast, and asked to remove it a month later so that I could compete at world team trials. I had 13 days to train for it and won the whole thing still with my injured ankle.”

“I dislocated my fibula and strained my ligaments in my ankle. I needed crutches, and I couldn’t walk. It happened in the warmups before my first match at state.”

“I pinned my way to the state finals and won in the finals 13-2, I believe.”

The Vikings
NAIA School located in Des Moines, IA.

Won their 9th consecutive National Title with 12 National Qualifiers, including 10 All-Americans with 4 National Finalists and 2 National Champs.

Class of 2020
Camden Baarda – Southeast Polk, IA

Owen Braungardt – Missouri Baptist

Mason Campshure – Kaukauna, IA

Brooks Cowell – Ft. Dodge, IA

Sam Kallem – Ankeny, IA

Easton Larson – Don Bosco, IA

Gabe Lewis – Denver, IA

Justin McCunn – Red Oak, IA

Tony Mendoza – North Iowa Area

Tommy Mommer – Clackamas

Ben Murphy – Oakmont, CA

Casey Randles – Wyoming

Carson Taylor – Ft. Dodge, IA

Sage Walker – Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, IA

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