Apr 10, 2016 12:48 AM by Ross Field
Many of us are anticipating the Olympics this summer, but not as much as one Chico man is. 2011 Chico High graduate Nahshon Garrett just might be in Brazil as a member of the U.S. wrestling team. Action News Now's Ross Field has the story.
In the span of one month, Nahshon Garrett has gone from winning a National Title for Cornell to preparing for the Olympic Wrestling Trials.
"It's fun to be here and it's fun to be competing, seeing all the best guys. This is actually insane," said Garrett.
For Garrett and the rest of the competitors, the road to Rio will go through Iowa City with Carver Hawkeye Arean serving as the venue.
Thousands of fans are expected to attend including Garrett's high school coaches, Keith Rollins and Jordan Matthews.
"Keith and Jordan are my best friends, my mentors and it really means the world to me that they're going to be here, I'm really excited about that," added Garrett.
Garrett is scheduled to take the mat Sunday. He's wrestling freestyle in the 57-kilogram weight class, the equivalent of 125.75 pounds.
In order to pin down a spot in the Olympic team, he will need to advance to the finals of the 13-man bracket, and then win a best two-out-of-three series against the other finalist.
"It's one day and four or five matches. Whoever ends up on top is the guy that will represents the US in the Olympics," added Garrett.
At 22-years-old, Garrett is one of the younger competitors in the bracket. He knows he faces somewhat longs odds to achieve his dream, yet he's ready for the challenge.
"I'm feeling good, I'm getting after it like I know how to do. Being somebody that US wants to represent them and I want to be that person. I wouldn't be here if I didn't think that I was the best guy for the weight class," concluded Garrett.