Bryce Tinson ‘20: When people think wrestling, they think WWE, not the traditional style of high school wrestling. They are two completely different things, one is fake and for entertainment, while the other is grueling four hour practices, that drag on for a four month season. For Hunter Garrisi ‘18, he’s known the real wrestling most of his life. He’s been doing it since fourth grade, when he became too energetic for his parents to handle all the time. He needed a way to release all that extra energy he had, so he tried wrestling, and he loved it.
A lot goes into the way Garrisi dedicates himself to the sport, in order to be at the top level. He cuts a ton of weight, just so he can wrestle his weight class, which means eating what he wants is thrown out the window. He goes on a strict diet during the season, making the sport just as mental as it is physical.
“It takes a lot of mental toughness, and just as much physical talent,” Garrisi said. “I usually train 3-4 hours a day in season.”
Not many people can do what Garrisi does, but that’s what he loves about the sport, the hard work that goes into the being the best possible wrestler he can be. Recently, all of Garrisi’s hard work paid off. During his senior year he made States, wrestling at Ford Field. He calls it his biggest accomplishment, being named an All-State wrestler: a title only few can say they’ve obtained.
Even though Garrisi loves the sport, college wrestling isn’t in his plans right now. He’s going to finish off his senior year, waiting to see if any options open up, or if he changes his mind. With that being said, he cherishes all the memories he’s made to this point, nothing being able to replace them.