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April 21, 2015
I love wrestling because it takes away all excuses, it’s all on me. It pushes you to be better. I enjoy the competition and the chance to step out there and see how I compare to others and the adrenaline of combat is second to none, but the coolest part is the friends you make in this sport are friends for life (unlike any other sport I’ve played, in wrestling you can earn the respect of your opponent and in return gain a bond that is unbreakable).
That there are no excuses, win or lose you have to keep your head up and be prepared for the next match. The same goes for life, you are going to fail sometimes but you have to get back up and carry on.
He always says that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard… this is my motto and I try to always be the hardest worker on and off the mat to be my best at all I do.
I don’t like to lose, but it has helped me grow. We go back and watch the video and try to learn where I can get better. It motivates me to work harder and improve to push myself to be better both on and off the mat. My dad/coach always says “there are no losers, only winners and learners” and I try my best to keep this attitude but it is hard, and drives me to be better.
Being selected to represent my state on the National Team level. I enjoy getting to make friends with kids all across the state and competing against the best kids in the nation.
I have a few: from stand-up it would either be the HAWK (head and arm throw) or a lat-drop; from top I love to throw legs and although it is hard to hit, the Crucifix is awesome to put on someone, I also love to work Chicken Wings and stack them up.
On the professional level I admire Ed Ruth and Jordan Burroughs; they are great wrestlers and I hope to achieve the success they have had. I also admire a local MMA fighter, Tyler “Melee” Minton – he has shown me that through hard work and dedication you can achieve anything that you set your mind to, and he helps me with my nutrition. But here is my HERO - I have a teammate (Owen) that was born with a condition known as congenital amputation (he has one full arm, the other ends at the elbow, one leg that ends near the knee and the other that ends close to his hip). He NEVER complains that life isn’t fair, or that people need to take it easy on him. He goes on the mat, gives it everything he has and expects the other wrestler to treat him the same way they would anyone else. He has a heart of a champion and win or lose (unfortunately he doesn’t get his hand raised often) he shakes the other guys hand, thanks them for giving him a match, and SMILES. Being around him makes me a better person. Owen is the real winner and is my HERO!
I love Science; I like experimenting and have won the Science fair for the past 2 years.
A also play soccer, baseball, and run 5K's.
Of course, I want to win titles but ultimately I want to do well enough in high school to get a scholarship to wrestle in college. I then want to give back in the form of helping teach others this great sport (maybe coach or mentor).
I am wrapping up my 7th grade season and over the next 5 years my goal is to become one of the best wrestlers in my state as I enter 8th grade and get ready for high school. I have applied to be on the Ohio All-Star team next summer; they travel all over the US. My ultimate goal is to earn a college scholarship in wrestling. I also want to be known as a student that can be counted on to lead others by example, and I know that starts with getting good grades and being dependable.
I need to continue to realize where I fall short (school and wrestling) and make adjustments to be better all around. I am trying to be a good big brother and set an example for my little brother, but this is hard and something I need to work on.
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May 01, 2015
Way to go!
April 28, 2015
so proud of you JoJo you are an awesome wrestler and a terrific nephew! Love Ya buddy!
Wow! Your answers to these questions were very touching. You are a great role model for our upcoming boys. We wish you the very best and certainly will pray that you accomplish all your goals.
April 22, 2015
I want to say a big thanks to my parents who have been with me my whole life and wrestling carrier.
Joseph, it is amazing watching you grow and mature. You are a very special you man and I am glad and proud to have you as my grandson!! Love, Nona
April 21, 2015
Joseph I am very proud of you and your accomplishments.
You have worked hard, and it has paid off.
We love you very much. Mamaw
This makes my heart so happy, and brought tears to my eyes. I’m so proud of you Joseph, from being an awesome wrestler standpoint as well as you being such a smart, respectful, hardworking and caring person all around. Keep up the good work, you will go far in life & I’ll be there to support you the whole way! Love you JoJo!
So proud of you Joseph! you are such a great young man. Loved reading your story. Hugs to all of the family from Johhny, Emeline, Shaw and myself.
I am so impressed with you Joseph! Not just for your wrestling skills, but also for the eloquence and wisdom you have shown in the answers you have given. Congratulations I love you, Aunt Marie
PS Don’t forget to thank your parents cause they are pretty awesome too
So proud of you!!
Love you so much!!
You are such a inspiration to so many people & we are very proud of you. I cried while reading this as my heart swelled to read about Owen being your hero. I’ve watched Owen wrestle at Viking Hall and he amazes me every time. Your such a Godly young man and it shows. Again we are so proud of you and wish you the best as we know you will be a success at whatever you put your heart into. Love you!
It has been an honor to wrestle with you at the Admirals Wrestling Club, Joseph. You are an incredible young man and wrestler. You are someone we all look up to! We know your future holds wonderful things!!
Rance Horton and the Horton family
Joseph, you are an amazing young man who is wise beyond his years. You are a fine example of everything that is right with young people. You prove that hard work and dedication pays off. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! I know we will continue to hear many great things about you. Stay focused!
No shout out for teaching you how to fly fish? I’ll have to come rough you up at practice for that. Proud of you though! Cant wait to watch you at shhs and if you ever do find yourself at 145 you still have to wrestle me for the spot. Best of luck kid!
You are one great wrestler with a lot of heart. It has been my pleasure to watch you grow as a wrestler and young man over the past three years! Keep grinding because you have a great future ahead of you!
Proud of you buddy. Win or lose, the young man you are becoming is what will take you to the next level on and off the mat. Keep pushing forward! Love, Dad
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