NCAA-D1 Texas Wrestler’s making the Championship Tournament
NCAA D1 Texas Wrestler’s
This year is a down year for our D1 wrestlers with only 4 Texas wrestlers making the big dance. Next year with wrestlers coming off red shirt seasons and more potential wrestlers as freshman making noise we hope to reach double digits for next season. We did a small break down of the 4 wrestlers who made the NCAA Championships and ask 3 questions to each.
1)What has Texas wrestling done for you?
2)how was the transition from HS to D1?
3) What advice do you have for inspiring collegiate Texas Wrestlers?
133-Jack Mueller of Virginia University
a product of Trinity Christian Academy got a #10 seed again this
year. Last season at the 2017 NCAA D1 tournament Mueller with his #10 seed @ 125lb beat the #7 and #2 seeds to make the semi finals where he took his first loss of the
tournament and then injury defaulted to 6th place. Mueller as a freshman was the 1st freshman to earn All American honors in Virginia program history. Mueller was a 4x National Prep Champ in his High School career over 4 different weight classes and also winning MOW.
1..Id say Texas wrestling had supported me through my career because I truly believe we are all a big family down in Dallas especially but all over the state.
2. It was a hard one but one that I dreamed of all my life, so since I was living my dream it was all easy.
3. Life is hard. Get over it put your head down and keep working hard.
157-Kennedy Monday University North of Carolina
from Arlington Martin High School comes into the
tournament for the 1st time after placing 3rd at the ACC tournament which qualified him for the NCAA-D1 tournament. Monday in his
redshirt season last year won the National Collegiate Open for North Carolina . Monday is unseeded even though he has wins over other All American wrestlers this season and will be tested immediately as he will face the #2 seed the very first match. Monday was a 2x state champ and MOW for Arlington Martin.
- Texas wrestling has grown me into the wrestler I am today. I grew up wrestling in the state of Texas ever since I started
- The transition from high school wrestling to college definitely takes some getting used to. The hand fighting is not fun in college.
- Always believe in yourself and your abilities! It may be difficult at first, but you will get through it! Trust the process.
165-Quentin Perez of Campbell University
from Arlington High School. Perez is a junior this year at
Campbell University being coached by arguably one of the best wrestlers ever Head Coach Cary Kolat. Perez didn’t qualify for the NCAA tournament
his freshman year, he did qualify last season as a sophomore but went 0-2 at the tournament. This season Perez makes the
tournament again and will face the #6 seed the 1st match. Perez was a 2x state champ and an MOW for Arlington HS.
- Texas wrestling has shown support when I was in high school by allowing me to train with the best wrestlers in the state even though we did not go to the same school. The coaches in the Texas wrestling community also helped me grow as a wrestler even if I wasn’t one of their wrestlers. They also supported when I got to college.
- The transition to Division 1 was tough at first because the practices were run harder and at a faster pace, everyone in the room is tough so you never get an easy go. The whole first year for me was getting used to the level of intensity everyone brought.
- To wrestlers looking to wrestle in college, I would recommend getting used to drilling at a fast pace. This was something I wasn’t exactly used too when going to college. Another thing is to always find new partners while in high school by traveling to places where good wrestlers are and trying to get the best looks. One of the more important things for a Texas wrestler is to get as much national exposure as possible.
Even if a kid can only get to one national tournament a year it is important to train seriously for the event to get college coaches to recognize them.
184-Bo Nickal of Penn State University
from Allen High School is a Junior this year and unless you’ve been under
a rock everyone knows he is the reigning National Champion. Nickal has been to the finals every year except his redshirt freshman
year and is 1-1 in the national finals. Nickal
is the #1 seed this year and expected to win it again this year. Nickal is arguably the best wrestler to ever come out of Texas thus far into the college level with the achievements accomplished so far. Nickal is a 4x finalist and 3x state champ and MOW for Allen
1. Wrestling in Texas gave me opportunities not only to wrestle across State but also across the Nation. I traveled with Team Texas to cadet & junior Duals as well as Fargo Nationals.
2. It was a learning process and I had to be patient. Taking a redshirt wasn’t easy as I was used to competing every week in HS. I learned the importance of training and being 100% ready every time I stepped on the mat.
3. Make sure you commit yourself to being the best wrestler you can be, take advantage of the training opportunities and competitions during the off-season. Challenge yourself and don’t be afraid to compete against the best.
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