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Throw back Thursday #tbt
Back to 1994 my sr year at Santa Cruz high school.

I had played basketball since I was 7 years old, the powers that be had me walk away from hoops and try my hand at wrestling.

At 6'1 210 lbs and only 17 years old I was one of the bigger boys in my school. However the heavy weight wrestling class was 205-275 at the time. So I was tussling with some pretty beefy guys and I didn't even know how to wrestle yet.

My first tournament I got second place surprisingly. I had been wrestling for a week. Double leg take downs all day.

By the end of the season I was decent. My strength and conditioning were my strong suits. I managed to cut weight and start competing in the 189lb weight class.

I ended up winning league (SCCAL) at 189 and in the sectional tournament (CIS) I placed 3rd. I was competing with boys that had been wrestling since they were 7 years old and I had been at it for 3 months.

I ended up getting my tail whooped at state but to this day it is still one of my hardest earned and proudest accomplishments. I was offered a partial scholarship to a top 15 ranked university. I wasn't even offered a scholly to play football.

Major shout out to my coach Garth Taylor that always believed in me and worked tirelessly with me every day in practice.

I am destined for a life of hard work, but the pay off is well worth it!

#hardwork #wrestling #askBA #schs #santacruz #winning #ucla #dreambig

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