The postseason has come to a close for many, including myself, and I’m having some mixed feelings about it.
When you do something for 13 years of your life it becomes a habit. You expect to be training for something and you expect to have to be in the gym at 3:30 p.m. every day ready to wrestle. When a huge part of your life ends, it makes room for another. I’m currently looking at colleges and there’s a strong possibility I may continue to wrestle at a higher level. I appreciate all the love and support I’ve received from my family, coaches and my friends.
I want to congratulate Nick Tewell on qualifying for the state tournament. He’s worked harder than anyone on the team, whether it’s working after practice on his technique or conditioning, and even adding in extra practices as early as 5:30 a.m. You knew what you had to change from last year and where you had to improve. You set your mind to it and now you’ve done it. We have been wrestling together for almost 12 years now and I’ll continue to be there every step of the way with you. Good luck in the state tournament, and I’m hoping to see you on the podium!
More than anything, I want to thank my mom. Everyone knows that one “crazy wrestling mom” on their team, but my mom isn’t crazy.
She has made the sport her life just like it had become mine. From the day I stepped on the mat, she has always been there for me as my motivator, supporter — unfortunately trying to be my coach some of the time — and of course, as my mother. Half of the time I’m yelling at her to stop yelling at me during my matches, but deep down, she knows I appreciate everything she does for me, even if I don’t show it often.
Thanks for everything over the years.