Summer Training Makes Winter Champions by Jared Johnson

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My name is Jared Johnson. I began wrestling in the 7th grade at Martin Luther King youth. Because of my continuation of training at PAL during the offseason when I was in eighth grade, I made connections with my current school, Roman Catholic High School. Every year that I wrestled in the summer I got better, and it showed when I stepped on the mat in the winter. My freshman year my season ended at districts. I am not a sophomore and was two matches away from qualifying for States because I continued to train during the offseason. Continuance is important because many sports stop when the season ends, but in wrestling you can continue to build upon your skills and techniques because the season never ends.

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