|Club||John Staudenmayer||Tyrant Wrestling Club||Wilmington||DE|
|High School||Tony Mendez|
2x Eastern Nationals Placer (8th in both)
2x PJW State Qualifier
2021 PIAA District III Sectionals (4th at 152lbs)
7-3 Record at Poseidon Duals (141lbs)
3-3 Record at NHSCA National Duals (129lbs)
|Years wrestling||Wingspan||Bench Press (max)||Body fat %|
2019 Lancaster-Lebanon Academic All Star
2020 Solanco Wrestling’s Most Improved Wrestler
After the 2020-21 wrestling season, I decided to lose 31 lbs. I have drastically improved my wrestling by dropping from 160.3 to 128.6 at the NHSCA National Duals weigh in. I will be the best decision you have ever made. I just need an opportunity.
Pin vs. Niko Ferra
Pin vs. Sean Rinebolt
Pin vs. Yuta Otero
Sports provide me with an opportunity to impact the lives of individuals regardless of background. From the beginnings of my wrestling career in Kindergarten to current day, I have been able to grow from the life experiences of such an amazing sport. The opportunity to continue wrestle in college will grant me the tools necessary to excel in learning, teaching, and performing at my future university.
One of my proudest features when wrestling with a team is motivating my teammates. My role as a leader of any team that I am a part of is to first understand the tone, and to boost the overall morale of the group. Every wrestler coming off the mat are greeted with a high five and congratulations or pieces of advice in specific situations. If I come off of the mat with a major win like Sean Rinebolt, I energize myself, my team, and the crowd. This helps to set the tone for my teammates throughout the rest of the match.
Extracurricular and volunteer activities play a key part in my life. During sophomore year, I created a club called Best Buddies. This club was designed to help students with special needs form 1-on-1 friendships with peers in the high school. Together, we had over 30 peer members and 3 teacher advisers. Some of the activities we hosted included Movie Day, Board Games, Cutouts and Crafts, and even Christmas Shopping at Park City Mall. The most rewarding moment of my role as founder was to see the pure joy that our students with special needs, as well as club members, received from Best Buddies. I am looking to initiate a Best Buddies club at my future university.
Healthy athletic performance as a student-athlete can be viewed in a few different aspects. Personally, I see it as the way in which you carry yourself as an athlete, while taking care of the responsibilities as a student. Being a student-athlete is not an easy lifestyle. Athletes are tasked with performing at the peak of their abilities, while completing duties off of the field of play.
For me, wrestling has been my primary sport of focus. By prioritizing wrestling over any other sport, I am able to put all of my efforts into honing my skills as a wrestler. Academically, my mindset is to continuously push for greater. Taking a rigorous course load each year of high school made me learn how to manage my free time wisely outside of the wrestling room. My free time consists of community involvement, studying and/or homework, and spending time with my family. Learning to break old habits of procrastination allowed me to gain hours of time to complete my responsibilities off of the mat. By remaining free of stress from wasted time, I am able to solely focus on my peak performance as a wrestler.
Along with Best Buddies, I am deeply invested in local community involvement. When the pandemic had hit near the end of the 2019-20 school year, Solanco High School decided not to hold a formal graduation for the Class of 2020. In a desperate time of need for hope, I started a program called Adopt-A-Solanco Senior. This program is a private FaceBook group that is designed for community members to “adopt” a Class of 2020 senior. By “adopting” a senior, community members then create a gift basket based on the description given by the senior’s parents in their FaceBook post. Within a few weeks of running, every senior at Solanco High School had been “adopted” 2 times. There were over 400 gift baskets donated, valuing over $60,000 all together. Adopt-A-Solanco Senior was mentioned by the local radio station 105.1 WIOV and contacted by news station WGAL.
Volunteering within the community will always be a key part of my life. Each and every day, there are individuals who need the assistance of a member of the community. The only way to find such individuals is to be willing to sacrifice time spent on yourself. Shifting the focus from time spent on yourself to time spent serving the surrounding community will transform the way you view your own life. Realizing this simple but complex idea has moved me to create positive change in society as I have come to find it.