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My Personal Statement

Wrestling Stories
Mar 7, 2015 · 2 min read

by Joseph Lowman

I was encouraged by my football coaches to wrestle when I first started playing Pop Warner in second grade. Wrestling has reinforced the values football taught me. In particular, wrestling requires a great deal of commitment. From the grueling nearly three hour practices to the all-day tournaments, it’s impossible to stay on the team unless one is passionate about the competition. In high school, I was given the opportunity to wrestle on the varsity team every year. Both my freshman and sophomore year I came up short of a league championship by losing to the same upperclassman. My junior year, I had a new competitor. During the season, I had multiple close matches against him, including one that went into overtime. I knew the battle for the league championship would come down to the two of us and I wasn’t going to hold anything back. I began to film his matches and learn about his style of wrestling. Three times a week, I got up at five AM, went to lift weights with the football team, and then went on a run by myself. At practice, I trained harder than anyone else. The league championship, as predicted, came down to a first place match between my rival and me. The match was very close, and I was only ahead by a point or two. In the last five seconds of the match, my rival nearly scored, but I was able to hold him off and win my first championship. I know that I did everything in my power to prepare for that match, but if I had missed one workout or skipped one practice, I would have lost. It took every ounce of effort to win that match.

Joseph currently attends MIT, and plans to major in mechanical engineering. A 2013 graduate of Half Moon Bay High School, Joseph was a two-time league champion and finished in the top 16 of the California state tournament as a senior. His high school coaching staff led him to success, with coaches Tom Baker, Jim Claitor, Gabe Gammon, and 2011 alumni John Claitor. Joseph currently wrestles and plays football for MIT.

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Originally published at wrestlingstories.org.

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