Dec 11, 2015 5:51 PM by Ross Field
To Ryan Rudkin, there's nothing better than wrestling.
"You don't have to worry about a quarterback not making the pass, or a receiver not catching the pass, it's all about you. If you lose it's your fault and you don't have to rely on anyone else," said Rudkin.
He's been grappling since eight grade and he says he enjoys the attrition of the sport, the process of wearing opponent's down.
"When you feel really beat up you feel a lot more accomplished. Rather than going out and pinning somebody in the first period,Ii don't know, there's just something about that physical roughness of it that I like," said Rudkin.
He is the reigning Masters runner-up among 126-pounders, but after working out hard in the offseason, Rudkin has added some muscle in hopes of taking his game to the next level with the 132-pounders this year.
So far he's off to a good start - a perfect 5-0.
"I want to go and win Masters this year, I know it's tough, there's a lot of good guys around my weight, it won't be easy, but that's the goal," Rudkin added.
Off the mat and in the classroom, this Chico junior is pinning down high marks as well, carrying a 3.93 GPA. He enjoys math and science and says he can solves a rubix cub in less than thirty seconds.
"I actually broke my record last night (Wednesday), I got 16 seconds, but I actually average around 25 seconds," said Rudkin.
When it comes to his future, Ryan is ambitious. He eventually wants to make an impact in the world of dentistry.
"Right now I'm looking at a job as an orthodontist someday, maybe start out as a dentist and move my way up," said Rudkin.
But whether he's on or off the mat, Ryan will always be a wrestler at heart.
"There's just something about it has really captured me. I couldn't imagine ever leaving it," said Rudkin.
Chico High School's Ryan Rudkin is your Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.
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