Featured Athlete: Precious Essien

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Featured Athlete: Precious Essien

In his final year of wrestling, Precious Essien is part of the varsity. Continuing the legacy of his brothers that have wrestled, Essien reflects on his passion.

In his final year of wrestling, Precious Essien is part of the varsity. Continuing the legacy of his brothers that have wrestled, Essien reflects on his passion.

In his final year of wrestling, Precious Essien is part of the varsity. Continuing the legacy of his brothers that have wrestled, Essien reflects on his passion.

In his final year of wrestling, Precious Essien is part of the varsity. Continuing the legacy of his brothers that have wrestled, Essien reflects on his passion.

Katharina Santos, Staff Reporter

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Featured Athlete: Precious Essien

Grade: 12 | Sport: Wrestling

Wingspan: How long have you been in wrestling and what inspired you to do so?

Essien: “I’ve been wrestling for about four years now. I started a little before freshman year. I decided to wrestle mainly because I had two older brothers who wrestled throughout high school.”

Wingspan: What fuels your passion to continue to pursue wrestling?

Essien: “What fuels me to wrestle is my goal to be a state and national champion.”

Wingspan: What do you enjoy the most about the sport?

Essien: “What I enjoy most is the fact that your success in this sport is 100 percent up to you. You can’t blame your loss on anyone else but yourself.”

Wingspan: What is something that you want to improve on?

Essien: “I really want to work on getting my conditioning a lot better and being able to analyze loses better.”

Wingspan: What do you do to prepare for matches?

Essien: “Before my matches I tend to listen to music and stretch a lot to stay relaxed and not over think my match.”

Wingspan: What hypes you up or motivates you before a match?

Essien: “What hypes me up most before my matches is seeing my teammates wrestle and win before me.”