In many ways Chico High School's David Leyva is your typical student, but that all changes when he hits the wrestling mat, where his determination and work ethic propel him to the top of the competition.
"Wrestling is a big part of my life," said Leyva. "There's no other sport I can really picture myself playing."
On the wrestling mat Chico High's Leyva is naturally gifted, but that doesn't mean he isn't focused on getting better.
He gets there through endless hours of training.
"He's the kind of kid that's going to show up to the weight room in the off-season every single day. He trains all summer long and he does everything he needs to do to be great in the sport," said Chico wrestling coach Keith Rollins.
"You always have to be working out, after practice, sometimes before practice, you just have to get it done because you've got to that edge on your opponent," said Leyva.
Leyva started wrestling his freshman year and he quickly grew fond of the rigourous sport.
He says it "consumes body, mind and spirit," and it has rewarded him with skills and lessons he can apply in the game of life.
Along with extreme attention to detail, Leyva has developed the quality of self-discipline.
"It just reminds me about life, that you have to get through things, there's always an obstacle that you have to get past. In wrestling, it's your opponent and you have grind through it and beat them up," said Leyva.
Leyva was selected as Chico's captain, a sign of respect amongst his peers.
On top of that, he's one of the squad's top performers and expects win a section title and qualify for state.
"I'm just working on getting better, staying strong, going through these matches and I'm looking forward to being on the podium soon," said Leyva.
Leyva's doing more than just leading his team on the mats, the junior balances a 3.5 GPA.
"My parents at one time were both teachers so I always wanted to get good grades, definitely being good in school is the main thing," said Leyva.