Feb. 13th, 2013; Scholar Athlete; Wyatt Wyckoff

Feb 14, 2013 7:34 PM

Paradise high's Wyatt Wyckoff is like most high school students.

He enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, and playing with his younger brothers.

But what makes Wyckoff different is his ability to terrorize opponents on the wrestling mat.

"He feels wrestling, he feels the nerves, he does things you can't teach," said Paradise wrestling coach Dan Nelson.

On the wrestling mat Wyatt Wykcoff is naturally gifted, but that doesn't mean he isn't focused on getting better.

So how he gets there?. Through dedication and hard work.

"The dedication is what makes the good wrestler the great wrestler, so spending that extra half-hour in the morning going for a two-hour run, or that extra half-hour in the room drilling every drill you know ultimatley is what it comes down too," said Wyckoff.

Wyckoff has used that mindstate and preparation to dominate opponents this season. His record is 40-3.

This past weekend, he won the EAL title in the 128-pound weight division.
Now he hopes to have the same success at the D1 Championships in Oroville this upcoming weekend.

Ultimately he wants to finish top 5 in the state.

"It's a very realistic goal, as long as I wrestle like I can," said Wyckoff

"It just takes a special person to be that, a kid who works hard and wants to be great," added Nelson.

Much like Wyckoff cleans up on the wrestling mat, he also cleans up in Mathematics.

This sophomore is enrolled in pre-calculus and two honors courses, all while carrying a 3.6 GPA.

"All it is is really doing the work," said Wyckoff.

Eventually Wyckoff would like to earn a wrestling scholarship to college.

Originally he hoped to train for the 2020 Olympic Games, but now that wrestling has been dropped by the International Olympic Committee, Wyckoff will focus on something else after college.

Whatever it is you know he'll give it everything he has.


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