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Road to Rio – 2016 Olympics.

My goal is to compete as a wrestler for the United States in the 2016 Olympics. I have been training at the Olympic Training Center in Marquette, MI while attending college at Northern Michigan University for the last two years.

After winning the National Championship and being awarded the Outstanding Wrestler Award in the FILA Junior Greco-Roman National Championship, I went on to complete at the World Team Trials in Madison, WI. I was injured in the third match of the best of three tournament which resulted in having “Tommy John” surgery to repair my ulnar collateral ligament and avulsion fracture. The week before the surgery I was feeling pretty rotten, which I attributed to the medication the Dr.’s had me on. Actually, it was a bit more serious – I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (insulin dependent). It was never in my mind that I would not continue to wrestle. I simply considered the diabetes and surgery as challenges to overcome in the pursuit of my ultimate goal – being an Olympic wrestler for the USA. I owe a special “thank you” to the medical staff at Kerlan-Jobe (Los Angeles), specifically, my surgeon Dr. Michael Banffy, and I am now back at 100%.

Regarding my diabetes; I am confident I can control the diabetes and compete at the highest levels. In addition, I have reached out to Olympian Gary Hall, who I believe, will help me manage my diabetes during high level tournaments. I am looking forward to moving forward, continuing my Road to Rio in 2016.

If you would like to follow my journey, please follow my blog.

I thank you in advance for any support you send my way.