College is supposed to be the best four years of a person’s life, or if you are like me, you get more than four years. Being on the wrestling team has helped me encounter many good times, but at the same time, it has brought some very tough ones. Coming in to Wabash, I was excited to finally step back on the mat after not being on it for nearly three years, but being injured seemed to the story of my season this year. After a knee surgery, bad ankle sprain, concussion, and elbow surgery, I was forced to wait a couple more months before I can start to chase down my goal of running out on the red carpet, and winning a national title.
Even though I am left to help with random duties the coaches give to me, I couldn’t be any happier with this season. No matter what the situation is, there is always good to be found. When I was told my season was done, it stung; really left a bad taste in my mouth. I was down a little bit, but then I realized that I was going to be put into a different role than just being a wrestler. Since being hurt, I have been able to help coach a little more, which I love doing, and I even had the chance to do the broadcasting during the Manchester dual.
The season definitely has not gone to “plan”, but I’m not complaining. Sitting in my chair next to the clock at practice and being able to watch my brothers just battle with each other gets me that much more excited for next season. The team has made amazing strides as a program and we are only going up from here. I wish I would have been able to contribute more to the success the team has had, but because each and every single person who steps foot on that mat is ready for battle every day, Wabash wrestling will be up there on other people’s lists of teams to watch for, that is if we aren’t on there already. With this season being more of self-reflection season for myself, I can say that it has been a great one for the rest of the team, and Wabash College will have numerous guys standing on the podium at the end of the year in the years to come.