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Wrestling is the sport or activity of grappling with an opponent and trying to throw or hold them down on the ground, typically according to a code of rule. Godfrey Mpetey, a senior at Farmington High School, has been attending this sport since his freshman year. Coach Olson is said to be the one who influenced Mpetey every day during his freshman year, constantly asking every school week day for him to join, “Everyday it was either I don’t know or my mom doesn’t want me to. I finally just gave in one day and told him I’d wrestle for the team.” He said. Being the youngest in his family of 5, his parents always thought that wrestling was the type of sport to do more harm than good to him more than anything else. But he still continues the season until his final year of being a senior at Farmington High School. “His aggressiveness and perfection combines with an outstanding result” say his coaches, for only being in wrestling for three years. Many know Godfrey as a kind, friendly guy who has a great personality with all his peers and even on the floor mat with his teammates he is also known for being a good leader to this team and also nicknamed the “Gentle giant”.

A year after Mpetey joined this changeling sport (sophomore year), the wrestler tore his meniscus from the previous season football and could not do any sport like activity inside or outside of school for six months. This did motivate him to continue to wrestle and play football. “The Reason why I wrestle is because it’s a challenge. You’re battling everyday: in the practice room, the weight room, on the mat, everywhere. It’s challenging but that’s what I love about it.” Says Mpetey, but he also speaks of how he doesn’t think he could handle wrestling in college.

On December 26th, the Farmington Tigers set their team off to North Dakota for Rumble on the red tournament that had occurred in Fargo North Dakota. Arriving a day before the tournament, the team prepped themselves before the tournament and stayed at a hotel. The following day, the team took themselves to the mats and began wrestling from ten in the morning to nine in the afternoon. It continued until the second day of the tournament when the tigers placed in 7th place out of 69 teams. “I went 2-2, there’s always a lot of competition at the big tournament like that. My losses came from ranked wrestlers. Though I didn’t place, it’s always fun to see the best schools wrestle and being one of the top teams that was awesome as well.” Godfrey said. The season is coming close to an end for this senior and his other upper class team mates. “Just being around my teammates is what I’m probably going to miss the most. I’ve never been a part of a team that’s so close knit. Not only that but I’ll miss the competition. As hard as it got, I always tried to get my way through it and find a way to get better. Joining wrestling changed my life and definitely for the better.”

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