BY CHristina avina
Alyssa Wenzel, University of Northern Colorado
Since the beginning of high school, Senior Alyssa Wenzel had been receiving offers from multiple colleges to further her softball career. A variety of colleges, such as San Diego State University, California State University, Northridge, and California State University Fullerton, had their eyes on her. She had first received her scholarship as a freshman, but later announced her commitment to the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) as a junior. Wenzel found her love and passion for softball at a fairly young age, Wenzel stated, “I started when I was six and I never stopped.” Wenzel had always dreamt of playing softball in college, and now she will be playing for a Division I (DI) school. With nearly a full-ride scholarship to UNC, Wenzel will also be majoring in broadcasting. She found the decision in choosing which school was best for herself not difficult. Wenzel had always known she wanted to expand and gain more experiences outside of California, therefore choosing UNC was no trouble. Wenzel claimed, “I did not want to stay here in California.” Despite playing softball, Wenzel plans to stay busy throughout her journey in college. “Obviously, education is first,” said Wenzel, “While I’m not playing softball, I’ll be working out. And when I'm not working out, I’ll be doing my major.” Although she has known about her commitment to UNC for some time now, Wenzel is still excited to pursue her dream. Even though she has always dreamed of playing softball in college she would like her career to end there. After her four years she wants to settle down. Wenzel stated, “I want to do my four years and then get a job, a career, and start a family. All that good stuff.” Softball has opened many doors and many opportunities for Wenzel. For over ten years, Wenzel has dedicated her time to reach a goal that she has finally met. As the end of high school draws near, Wenzel is ready for a big change and new experiences. These next few months will be leading up to the moment she has waited her whole life for.
by kylee seamans
Matthew and Jacob Carbajal, Varsity Water Polo
Seniors Matthew and Jacob Carbajal both started playing water polo at a young age. As wins, the two began their journey together around the age of seven because of their older brother who had played water polo before them. From then on, the two have been on the same team, not knowing that it would lead them to be on the Varsity Boys Water Polo team. The Carbajal's believe that being on the same team brought them closer. It encouraged them to develop their bond with each other , helping to " Build our relationship," stated Matthew Carbajal. The two have come across very little difficulties with being on the same team, and instead enjoying the extra time they spend with each other. The Carbajal's both agree that being teammates has helped build their relationship. "Being on the same team has definitely helped us grow closer," said Jacob Carbajal, "It creates better chemistry." The Carbajal's emphasized that, if they had not been on the same team, they would not have become as close as they have. They are enjoying their time together before they go on their separate paths. The two will not be attending college together. Matthew Carbajal plans on going to Orange Coast College, while Jacob Carbajal plans to go to the University of Oregon. They both plan to continue their careers in water polo. Although the boys will be parting from each other as they go to college, their time spent together being on the same team has left a bond that is irreplaceable.
Elizabeth and Morgan Johnson, Varsity Volleyball
Starting volleyball at the young age of nine, Seniors Elizabeth and Morgan Johnson have played on the same team since the very start of their athletic career. They were inspired by their mother, an all-American athlete, to start volleyball. The two began by playing on recreational teams before moving up to club teams in the fifth grade. Coached by their mother, the twins were able to develop their skills as volleyball players as well as improve their relationship as siblings. Being on the same team enabled the two girls to grow closer and further develop their bond together. "I think we've gotten a lot closer from it," stated Elizabeth Johnson, "We've always played together, but high school is different." The two believe that being on the team has impacted their family as a whole, with their younger sister on the team as well as having their mother as a coach. Being on the same has brought the two girls together in a way that would not have happened had they not have been on the same team. The sisters also partake in small contests fueled by their nature towards each other during practice. "It's always more competitive because you always want to beat your sister and you never want to lose," said Morgan Johnson about scrimmaging against her sister. Since both girls are seniors, they will be going off to college, leaving the Varsity team. Both have no doubt that they will still be as close as they are now.
Sabrina and Sydney Moreno, Varsity Tennis
In their second year of Varsity tennis, Juniors Sabrina and Sydney Moreno have become closer as siblings by being partners on the court. The girls started tennis in their freshman year of highschool before moving up to varsity in their sophomore year. Both girls believe that being on the court together has brought them closer together, both as teammates and as family. Sabrina Moreno stated, "In my opinion, we've become a lot closer, as if we weren't already related, but in general, we communicate with each other better and we rely on one another more because we have to have trust each other, especially in a sport like tennis." She emphasizes the closeness of her and her sister, thanking the trusting nature of tennis. The two girls also strive to help build each other up and make the effort to encourage one another to work hard. "Benefits of having my sister on my team would definitely include being pushed to be better every day, having a constant competition, staying closer, and having her support through every step," said Sabrina Moreno. Not only is this a friendly rivalry between two siblings, but they use this to inspire one another to work harder and become better players. They both also use this as an opportunity to develop their skills not only as tennis players, but to also establish a stronger relationship between both of them. Both Sabrina and Sydney plan on returning to the Varsity Girls Tennis team next year for their final year of high school.
by Christina Avina
Varsity student athletes take on many challenges as they try to maintain a balanced life between academics and sports. However, there are many athletes that challenge themselves in school by enrolling in multiple Advanced Placement (AP) or accelerated classes. Between practices and homework, these athletes face many obstacles every day attempting to succeed in their everyday lives. While risking falling behind in classes and not receiving playing time in games, these students aim to prosper in all that they do by working their hardest.
While in season, athletes have away games that they are required to miss a few periods from that school day. As a result, these athletes can potentially fall behind in class work they might be missing. The number one question that many people ask is, “Where do these students find time for sports and school?” These diligent and determined students approach many challenges daily, although they do not give up. For example, Sophomore Kaylie Fukumoto is on the Varsity Girls Golf team, in addition to taking four different AP classes. Her classes include AP Language and Composition, AP Physics, Accelerated AP Calculus BC, and AP Computer Science Principles. Over time she has learned how to manage her time wisely and create a balance. After long practices, Fukumoto sets aside an hour to work on and complete her homework. In the case she does not finish her work, she will do her daily needs, such as eating and showering, first then resume with her work. With goals of getting into a good college, Fukumoto maintains a 4.25 Grade Point Average (GPA). Despite learning how to manage her time, Fukumoto comes across many issues she can not control. “Sometimes I have a lot of homework, or an upcoming test that I need to study for, but I also have practice or a game that day,” said Fukumoto, “so it can be hard to manage my time so that I can complete everything.” In spite of these obstacles she faces, Fukumoto has learned to be an ambitious student and athlete.
At any rate, being an athlete in high school can be rather demanding, but what many student athletes learn is to be a student first and an athlete second. This means no matter how important sports are, athletes must put school first. It is very common to see coaches that push their athletes to perform their very best on and off the fields. Colleges do not only scout high school athletes based on their athletic performance, but for their grades as well. Junior Joshua Swift has played football all his life and has high hopes of attending University Southern California (USC). Swift is motivated to be the very best student athlete because he wants to make his parents proud and is driven to succeed in all that he does. In order to achieve this, he has learned to prioritize school and take advantage of his free time. If he begins to fall behind, Swift will do whatever is necessary to catch up. Swift claims, “When I am am falling behind in school I catch up by making sure I do not waste any time that I have. I take advantage of CAT30 and lunch periods on top of long nights to get my work done.” Swift is enrolled in a total of four AP courses including AP Calculus BC, AP Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP Environmental Science, and maintaining a 4.5 GPA. An unfortunate challenges he faces is not having enough time to spend with friends and family. While constantly being occupied with school and sports, Swift is a very driven and determined student athlete who will continue to progress and aim for his goals.
Throughout every sport season, student athletes enrolled in AP courses, and involved in outside activities, juggle a lot of responsibility between their school and athletic careers. AP courses are considered to be some of the hardest high school courses students are allowed to take. Although some athletes will take easy classes to avoid the commitment, many will challenge themselves and take multiple AP classes.
by kylee seamans
Focused on team spirit and school sports, cheer is a fun-loving and uplifting way to show school spirit and support for their playing teams. However, people are often drawn just to the playful high school cheer and they are unaware of its more challenging and rigorous side. Competitive cheer teams train away from football field, and instead compete against one another in an intense environment to win competitions, such as the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Allstar Championship.
The Internal Olympic Committee recognized cheer as an Olympic sport on December 6, 2016, after years of controversy around cheerleading being a sport or not. However, it is unclear whether or not the sport will be included in the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Although preparations for the Olympics already underway, it is difficult to see how the sport will be incorporated into the Olympics in the upcoming years.
Some continue to argue that cheer is not a sport and should not be included in the Olympics because the teams do not compete against each other, as required for an activity to be considered a sport. Instead, cheer is around only to provide support for teams and show school spirit at high school athletic games. This, however, is an incorrect allegation. In competitive cheer, teams of cheerleaders perform in front of judges who grade their routines. The team with the highest point value wins. “In a way, I kind of understand it,” Jordan Weiss, a cheerleader for California Allstars Sparkle, also known as “Cali Sparkles,” said, “People only see high school cheer on the sidelines and they don’t really see the competitive side to cheer. ” The routines cheer teams perform can take over a year of constant training to perfect.
Competitive cheer teams perform approximately one to three-minute routines of physically demanding tumbling, stunts, dancing, and cheering. This takes strength and endurance to continually produce new and refined routines. To condition their bodies, competitive cheerleaders spend hours training to strengthen themselves to perform high skill stunts. Weiss stated that she practices three times a week for two and a half to three hours. Good nutrition also has played a role in how well the cheerleaders perform. “If you don’t eat well, then you don’t perform well,” said Weiss. Without proper care for their bodies, the cheerleaders are unable to perform the stunts and flips they need in order to win competitions.
Trust also plays a major role in competitive cheer. With dramatic and risky stunts, a flyer must be able to trust that their bases will be there to catch them. Hesitation can cause injuries and disaster for both the flyers and the bases. Because cheer is a team sport, the responsibility of everyone showing up not only falls upon the team but on each individual player as well. The team must trust that everyone will be there for practice. If one cheerleader is missing, then the team may not be able to practice all of the stunts that they need to practice. It is practically the same for any team sport.
Competitive cheer can be dangerous, and requires high levels of physical activity, yet it helps to build endurance and establishes the values of teamwork.
by Aaliyah eade
It is often perceived that Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a dangerous and violent sport, but to others, like Junior George Serna, with an impressive record of ninety-seven wins, two ties and zero losses, MMA fighting is a way of life and a great way to release tension.
Born and raised in Rosarito, a town on the coast of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, Serna now resides in Temecula, California. Serna is a well-known competitive MMA fighter in the junior ranks. Before pursuing MMA fighting, Serna began with boxing, however, he believed he was not fast enough for that discipline, so he joined gymnastics to gain flexibility. At the age of twelve Serna truly found his passion: Mixed Martial Arts. As a child, Serna would get bullied so he decided to play a sport where he would be able to let his anger out. While living in Mexico, Serna traveled to both Tijuana and Mexicali to earn his belts. Now with a daily training schedule of two hours at Crunch Fitness and additional training at home, Serna is continuously working on further developing his skills and technique.
Although there are many challenges to confront within the sport, MMA can also benefit you as a whole. Serna states, “It really has made me look at life differently and I’ve come to really appreciate the little things I have in my life”. MMA fighting has a diverse group of competitors, some seeking the potential money and fame that can be achieved at the highest levels and some seeking it as a way of income to support their families. Either way, MMA can be a great sport to offer individuals a way of bringing out the best in themselves. Besides training and workouts, Serna also follows a healthy and clean cooked diet. His diet includes a protein shake to start each morning, followed by foods such as chicken, salad, potatoes, and occasionally some pasta. After high school, Serna hopes to continue his passion for Mixed Martial Arts but is not positive on the fact of pursuing it as career. If he does not pursue MMA in the future, Serna hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and then gain employment as an agent for Customs and Border Protection services. Serna’s inspiration comes from his father and he would like to follow in his footsteps. Whatever Serna decides for his future he will find success as he has proven he is one determined and hardworking individual.
In his spare time, Serna enjoys partaking in the disciplinary art of parkour, which is also great for his fitness and a relief from his intense training regimen. Within MMA, one of Serna’s biggest challenges is his opponents, which are often much bigger in size. Serna claims, “Sometimes the opponents are pretty scary since they’re much bigger than me.” Even though many of his opponents attempt to intimidate him through trash talking, Serna manages to maintain his focus, and to this day goes undefeated with a zero loss record. In any sport, this is quite an accomplishment. This is a testament to his hardworking attitude, continuous training, and determination to succeed. Clearly, there’s a lot more to MMA than just fighting. Not only do you have to fight, but you have to be strategic and have a high endurance level. It’s not always just about focusing on technique but a lot of work goes into cardiovascular training, to increase stamina and help maintain the high level of focus required to be on top.
by regan von ritcher
Multiple sports offer many different athletes the opportunity to showcase their abilities and skills from that team or activity. The local cheer gym, Intensity Athletics, offers some student athletes that perform in the not so known sport of competitive cheerleading. A few specific athletes on campus, and some new incoming freshmen, are involved in this high intensity and unique sport contrary to more mainstream or common teams on campus. With high school cheerleading becoming a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sport, more attention is being drawn to this team.
Not only do students participate in sideline cheerleading, but some also involve themselves in competitive cheer clubs to travel and compete around the country. With different levels of teams for athletes to try out for, this cheerleading facility only has room for the best hard working athletes on their teams. Sophomore Ashlynn Ellison on one of the higher level intensity teams said, “The most common comment I get from others is ‘cheer isn’t a sport’ and nothing irritates me more. Cheer takes a crazy amount of physical and mental strength from these athletes.” With ages ranging from tiny toddlers to grown adults, there is a wide spectrum of athletes and opportunities to be apart of a team. Depending on what team these athletes are apart of, practices range from a couple times a week to almost every day after school. Practices include warm up, conditioning, endurance training, tumbling, and stunting practice. With very large and important competitions on the schedule for this season, these athletes cannot afford to be unprepared. With the biggest competition of their season in Florida this year, these athletes will compete in numerous competitions before potentially making it to the Summit Championships.
The cheerleaders at Intensity love the family environment feeling and appreciate the support that both the coaches and the athletes give to one another. Not only have these cheerleaders created the opportunity to become successful athletes, but they have also created a new circle of friends to lean on for years to come. One of the head coaches, Ms. Sumer Dandan, said the best part about coaching is, “Building the relationships with the kids, watching the kids get new skills and just develop over time.” Some of these teams are created brand new with each new season needing lots of time to prepare for the competition season. Starting from a whole new group of athletes, the progression from the beginning of the season to the end is quite the journey. These athletes gain new skills and develop new strengths throughout each cheerleading season and no athlete ever finishes a year without becoming a better cheerleader. Hard at work, these teams have dedicated their time and energy to being the best athletes they can be and the rewards are extensive.
The sport of competitive cheerleading is not a commonly known one, yet some of these athletes have been apart of this thrilling sport almost their entire lives. These teams have practiced flipping across the floor or lifting flyers in the air because they are passionate about competitive cheerleading and how it promotes empowerment for those who are a part of the sport. Though these athletes may look pretty with their sparkly uniforms and bows, they describe themselves as feisty hard working athletes that dedicate so much of their time to this challenging and beautiful sport.
BY Alexis martell
As the spring season of sports comes to an end, the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team has pulled through with a success in almost every game they attend and is only one game away from being in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs. The overall goal for the season was to win about a few of their games but the whole team exceeded the prediction they had started off with. So far, the team has succeeded by winning a total of eleven games out of the thirteen they had played, putting them at the very top against schools in the Southern Section League. They have high hopes of winning the games that will carry them into the CIF postseason.
Going into the season with high desires to do their absolute best, the girls had taken the victories to many of their games, some of the components being new skills and communication. Senior attack player Kylie Sherman stated, “I knew that we were going in as a super good team, but I did not think that we would be this good.” Although the team thinks they are doing well for this season, a couple of the girls feel like they must work on some skills such as their catching, passing and communication skills to help them with their practices and games. Sophomore Trinity Wright stated, “I know the team is getting better because I’m able to see the comparison but the blocking and communication will always need help.” With communication being a key to the team during game times, they have a clearer idea to improve their strategies and their number of victories.
At the beginning of the season, Sophomore Karsen Trout had described her thoughts from the beginning of the season to be “a little difficult and a bit devastating,” because of the loss of too many teammates at the start of the season. Varsity Coach Pat Mawhinney and Goalie Coach Noel Trout had been pushing the girls past what he thinks their capable of to sharpen and strengthen their skills and capabilities. Despite the team’s confidence, their win against Murrieta Mesa High School (MMHS) had taken them by surprise, who was said to be a challenge and alongside, the loss to the Great Oak. The victory against MMHS had made Sherman believe that the team’s confidence increased.
The girls as a whole have the desire to work on skills that they believe need more attention and hope to surpass what they believe they are currently capable of. With the fate of one game against Temecula Valley High School standing between the team and the CIF game, the girls all hope that they can surpass their desire for the season of making it into the CIF competition and possibly win as they continue to thrive and move forward. Goalie Coach Trout stated, “I believe that Temecula Valley is stronger [this year than last year] but our league is pretty even as far as ability.”
By alexis martell
With the colleges of Whittier College and University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) keeping an eye out, Junior Jordan Buck has been on the Varsity Tennis team since her freshman year. She has been playing tennis since she was five years old as she shares the same passion with her grandfather. Her grandfather was the person who inspired her the most and supported her along the way. Buck wishes to impress him and share the love of tennis together. Alongside her, her private Coach Mr. Mark Chua, trained her for four years. For the twelve years Buck has been playing and she believes that without her family and coach, she would not be the player that she is today.
While being a top tennis player, expectations are high for Buck. With California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), coming into sight, Buck wishes to make it far and redeem herself as she thinks that last season was not her best. Buck stated, “I think that the biggest challenge I face are the competitions. Southern California is known for being one of the hardest, and most competitive regions for tennis. It makes it much harder to stand out over everyone else and to get noticed and recruited by colleges.” She explained that she cannot imagine herself not playing tennis since it plays a major role in her future. Buck continuously trains herself as she watches professional tennis players on television and creates ideas off of the moves that they make in their games. Buck feels that she can call the court her second home and she forgets everything else and just has fun. However, with the enjoyments also come challenges, “It takes a lot of strength and mental ability to play and be good at it, the players also have to be tough and be able to fight and I consider myself the kind of person to take that on.” One of the other conflicts that Buck runs into is having her emotions get the best of her. She explained that the amount of frustration a person has can easily have them fall apart. She mentions that the grit comes from perseverance. Her personal coach helps by preparing her both physically and mentally. This includes her working on not letting her mind get the best of her.
Things are definitely looking up for Jordan as she proceeds to excel and increase her skills. Buck believe that she has increased in both her mental and physical abilities. She wishes to make the colleges, her school, and her family proud.
BY ALEXIS MARTELL
Senior Vicente De La Torre has been playing basketball ever since he was in sixth grade and now he is officially coaching for the sport. He had been a team coach for two seasons and had gotten the inspiration from his little brother, whom he wanted to train for his first season. A second inspiration for him to start coaching was his past travel coaches. Torre had seen how much time his coaches put into their job and wanted to be a part of that. Another reason he chose to coach is because he felt that coaching would still keep him involved in the sport. He explains that his best-loved part is how he is able to monitor the players and how their skills mature as they continue to move on throughout the season.
As he watches the players he is coaching, he sees two very different perspectives of when he used to play and compares them. Torre stated, “Coaching is really different from playing because when you play, everything moves along so much faster… when you’re coaching, the game seems to go by so much slower.” Torre tend to combine his past experience with his coaching in order to teach all of the younger players. He uses his past experience to learn and create a unique technique using the information that he has gained from his experience. Torre does not only coach by himself but he is sometimes given advices and a variety of different point of views from other coaches, as well as referees, about his skills.
Torre has a particular method of coaching his athletes. Most of the time, he would pull the athletes aside one by one and gives the player the advice that is needed for that particular play. A comment given by Torre was, “I don’t like to yell but I prefer pulling the athlete away for a one on one conversation. I feel like my point gets across more efficiently instead of shouting at the player.” All of his techniques of his coaching that he uses is mainly described as a “laid back.” His style does not involve shouting; instead, he considers it as a correcting, stern voice. During practices, he does not have any planned particular warm-ups aligned but he rather practice on working spots that could be “polished up a little bit.” The more they practice, the higher the chance they have at winning their future games. Torre stated, “I don’t favor set up or challenging warm ups. I’d rather do simple exercises to cover up the fundamentals.”
Although Torre does not plan a future that involves mainly coaching, he would gladly take the chance if he is offered. After being a coach, Torre clarified that with his experience of being a coach, he has learned to be more patient with people and discovered a variety of unique techniques that could be used in future games. Even though coaching is not a big part of Torre’s life, he enjoys doing it as a small hobby.
by delores aguiles
Sophomore Liberty Gilbert had been training to be on a nationals team and has achieved her goal on doing . At only six years old Gilbert had found her passion for and it has become her daily routine ever since. Gilbert’s cousins taught her how to swim in the first place and would constantly ask if she can join the local swim team until she finally did.
Swimming has taken Gilbert farther than she has ever imagined because she has gotten the opportunity to train to be on the nationals team. To qualify for the nationals team, they have to compete for certain swim meets and only about sixty people qualify for the team. “I think representing America, like officially wearing the flag on our caps with my name on it is probably one of the best parts,” she stated. Day in and day out, Gilbert spends her afternoons after school training until eight o’clock. She spends the majority of her days either at school or in the pool with her team. Being on a club team forces Gilbert to travel out of state because of swim meets, but still makes time for her school work in between. She tries her best to communicate with her teachers to keep up with her schoolwork. During these swim meets, Gilbert tends to meet new people, people who she connects with and can relate to. Through swim, Gilbert got the opportunity to meet some of her best friends and that is what she loves because of the people she meets across the nation. Not only is she apart of a club team, Gilbert is also on Varsity Swim. On some levels both teams are different but, Gilbert gets to do what she loves most.
Varsity Swim Head Coach Mr. Craig Winger stated, “She is an incredible swimmer. Having a swimmer that can beat everyone in our league in multiple events gives our team a lot of flexibility to matchup with other teams.” Last season Gilbert had placed top three in California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) [postseason] and made her way to State, earning second place. “Besides being a great swimmer, she has a great attitude, she swims even harder for her team than for herself, ” stated Winger. The people she gets to call a team (girls Varsity Swim) had won the relay race for CIF preliminaries.
It is only her second year and Gilbert has made a name for herself by achieving so much in only her second year of high school. Step by step Gilbert will be on her way to success whether it be on a national team, high school team, or by herself. At the end of the day, “it’s just me and the pool.”
by delores aguilus
On January 20, the freshmen Puma Wrestling team competed in a tournament at La Costa Canyon High School. Someone who stood out from others was Freshman Karson Martin, who, at the end of the night, came in first place and was named the number one wrestler in Southern California and is also Lakeside’s Frosh/Sophomore Outstanding Wrestler.
As a start to his new wrestling career, Martin was able to obtain numerous wins during the season. The La Costa Canyon tournament was where Martin’s hard countless hours of training paid off. Martin puts in hundred and ten percent of his energy during practice to show his teammates that he can work just as hard . Within his own weight class, Martin had to go through multiple matches to earn the title of number one and after each match Martin was always on top. “It means a lot to be number one, it’s the fact that I was able to push myself to be number one,” said Martin. Coming into high school he would have never thought that he would get this far so early on in his athletic career. He had joined the team originally because of the coaching staff and through them Martin had learned the real value of integrity. Whether it was in the Puma Den, school, or at home, Martin continuously motivated himself to be better than his best, so he can be where he is now.
Although he is still adapting from football to wrestling, Martin always had a positive attitude in and out of practice. Martin has inspired other freshmen on the team that it is possible to win early on in their career. During practices Martin would not only train with the lower classmen, but he would also train with the boys on Varsity, so he can improve his technique. Head Wrestling Coach Heath Branham had notice a significant asset in Martin and so do the upperclassmen. “The older guys also pick it up because they don’t want their spots to be stolen by an underclassmen, so they amp up their competitiveness,” stated Branham. The competitiveness had become a challenge for Martin because now he had to work even harder than before to keep his position on the team. “I always tried to be the best during practice, so no one would take my spot,” stated Martin.
Starting high school Martin had expected it to be easy, but had then realized that it was much more. With his wrestling career just starting, Martin still needs to grow within the sport and build his skills to be the best that he can be. Branham sees great potential in Martin and “I expect him to step up to the challenge and stay a step ahead of the competition.” Martin has great dedication and has put in hard work towards wrestling and time will only tell where he goes from here.