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On the mat it is you versus your opponent What would you do to win How far would you push yourself Your decisions equal consequences On the spring of 2012 I had earned my place and participation in the North Carolina State-Wrestling tournament at Greensboro The wrestling at the tournament has a peculiar way of demonstrating your limit not only physically but mentally too At this event I have experienced and learned that throughout unpleasant times you either tough it out or tough it out but giving up is never an optionI started wrestling my sophomore year at Ayden-Grifton High School At first I only tried out for the team because my football coach had recommended me to go The workouts were so much more excruciating than any other workout I had ever done I was ready to stop and quit Instead I just kept going on with the workout I later learned that the wrestling coach does this on purpose He doesnt look for the athletically gifted but for the strong willed and the ones who give it their all Our team went from 42 potential team members to 25 I was losing my first matches but I just kept my head up Throughout my seasons as a wrestler I grew up physically and matured I was beginning to win some matches and acquiring pins There were situations where I wanted to just stop practice or wrestling but to see your hard work and determination in action was a great feeling This was my drive to always know that everything from stance to throws can be improved and to be better This principle propelled me throughout my senior year to wins and the NC State-Wrestling tournament I had the opportunity to wrestle against the best athletes in North CarolinaAs I was entering the Greensboro Coliseum I had this pit feeling in my stomach It was soon overcome with the feelings of excitement
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