Belleville West, IL
State Champ (120
“I’ve always wanted to be a pilot, so that’s why I’ve been interested in the [military] academies.
Then coach [Cary] Kolat became the coach at Navy, as soon as that happened that’s where I wanted to be.
With the combination of being able to pursue the career that I want at one of the best academic schools in the nation and wrestle for one of the best coaches in the nation, it’s impossible to pass up that opportunity.”
“He’s a great coach. He brought Campbell, which is an underfunded program, to the top-10 at one point last year. I’m only imagining the amazing things at Navy with a greatly funded program.
Then he’s a great role model, 2x National Champ, Olympian, and world medalist. Obviously, he did something right, so I want to take that knowledge and use it in my wrestling.”
“It would mean everything to me. That’s been my dream for as long as I can remember. Being able to serve my country and help people is just another added bonus that comes with the Naval Academy.”
Army, Illinois, Maryland, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
“Can I go there and become a great pilot?
Can I go there and become a National Champion and have a good coaching environment?
At Navy, I’ll be learning from some of the best pilots in the world and be working with some of the best coaches in the world. I don’t have to pick between good academics and good wrestling. I get both.”
“Somebody that loves to help people, whether that’s in wrestling or anything, and one of the hardest workers out there. I’m a firm believer in the harder worker wins.”
“Someone who loves to wrestle. My favorite thing in the world is to go out on the mat and put up a bunch of points and give the fans a show.”
“Just keep getting stronger and better at wrestling. Continuing to put the thought of being a National Champ in my head.
Once I get to Navy, come up with a plan to make that happen.”
“Become a Naval Aviator and a National Champion.
I believe we can bring home a few team trophies while I’m there. Coach Kolat has big plans for us.”
“I served my nation to the best of my ability and helped make the world a better place for our citizens to live in.
Even after my navy career, continue to keep making the world a better place, whether that’s through teaching kids wrestling or any other way that I can.”
“I left it all out there, no regrets. I’ve always been one of the best kids during my season, and I don’t want that to change when I get to college. I want to continue to be the guy that everyone wants to beat.”
“125 is the plan right now. I don’t think I’ll be growing much more if anymore.
I’ll be going to NAPS.”
“If you don’t mind serving, why would you pass up the opportunity to go wrestle for the best and get the best education you possibly can, plus a bunch of benefits afterward, all for free?”
The Fun Fact
“Before this year, I lost in the state finals 5 times. That’s definitely done some character building.”
“Once my second year at state, then 3 in a row 6-8 [grade], then sophomore year.”
D1 School located in Annapolis, MD.
Had 5 National Qualifiers for 2020 National Tournament.
Class of 2021
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