After careful consideration and consulting my coaches & family, I have decided to stop competing in wrestling this season. Football has always been my #1 priority and my goal for the past four years has been to play Division 1 football.
I have fun wrestling & enjoy the hard work-outs. Placing in State last year and qualifying for the National team three years in a row are achievements I’m proud of, but playing Division 1 football is my passion. The University of Wyoming & Coach Kaligis have made a huge investment in me. They have been telling me since the beginning of the recruiting process that I was one of their top recruits.
In looking at my future, I want to honor my commitment to Wyoming & myself by being in the best condition I can be in when I report to school in June.
Tweaking my knee in the district finals impressed upon me the need to really take care of my body. It was nothing serious, however wrestling can be hard on the knees. Since I’ve been wrestling 8 months a year for the past 4 years as a way to stay in shape FOR football, it doesn’t make sense to risk an injury while wrestling.
I’m still a senior co-captain & will support & coach my teammates through state. I will miss wrestling but approach this decision with excitement as an opportunity to turn the page and focus on college football & the University of Wyoming Cowboys!
Today is the first Wednesday in February– National Signing Day for recruits.
I’m proud to announce I’m signing with the University of Wyoming.
Head Coach Christensen has been positive about my opportunity to play a big role with the Cowboys and Offensive Line Coach Pete Kaligis has spent a lot of time visiting me at my wrestling practices and in my home.
I’m planning on reporting to Laramie right after graduation and I’m excited to get integrated into their system!
I had a little celebration with my parents, Kiki & Coaches Corbett & Schulfer at Nick’s Grill. It’s good to celebrate with friends. I’ll share the excitement with my football coaches at school tomorrow.
All the hard work of the past has paid off.
I’m ready for a new level of work and to reset my goals for the next four years!
We were supposed to fly to Idaho for the Tri-State Tournament in Coeur d’alene. It’s one of the toughest tournaments in the Northwest. My coach says it’s one of the “top ten toughest tournaments west of the Mississippi”. It’s great competition. We didn’t get to go last year because we got snowed in. Unfortunately, this year our district has new rules for submitting permission forms and our coach didn’t know and didn’t get them submitted in time.
So, we got into another tournament at Monroe.
I wasn’t feeling well towards the end of the week but wanted to get on the mat. Despite throwing-up and having diarrhea during the day, I made it to the finals to wrestle Conlin from Auburn, who is the #1 rated heavyweight in the state. I lost to him in overtime, when the ref called me for stalling because I took a step backwards. It was a close match and I can’t wait to wrestle him again at State when I’m feeling better! I hate losing but 2nd place was pretty good for how bad I was feeling.
The University of Wyoming invited me to Larmie for an official visit and I had a great time this past weekend! I flew out early Friday and didn’t get back until late Sunday.
The school is great and I got to meet with a professor in the Business Department. I also got to meet a bunch of the players and I found them all to be great guys who are really positive about the program!
The coaches were all complimentary to me and it’s obvious they’re working really hard at building a championship program. They want me to play offensive line.
I didn’t see as much of the city as I would’ve liked, but what I did see was really nice.
I think any player would be lucky to play for the coaches and the Cowboy’s football program.
Our first tournament of the season was the Mariner tournament on Saturday (12/5). Our team did really well, with 2nd place overall. We had five guys in the championship finals and all but one won.
I won the heavyweight division, pinning all 3 of my opponents including the finals match against Lake Stevens.
I was happy to get in a lot of work, as my pin times ( 4:59, 4:14, & 3:26 ) weren’t all in the first round.
Thanks to RealDawg.com for featuring me in another of their web site articles. They’ve been great about following–or assisting–in my goal to be a Husky!
See the article at RealDawg.com–the most trusted source for Husky Insider News: http://www.realdawg.com/
Coach Mills from the University of Washington came over tonight and had dinner with the family. He’s a great guy and we learned a lot about more about the University of Washington’s recruiting process.
No official offer yet….which is frustrating but, I’m glad they’re still interested!