It was my senior year in high school wrestling, at the time I wasn’t taking it too seriously, I was just there to supplement my aspirations in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. . . That is until, I met the newest assistant coach. He was unlike any coach I had ever seen before: he was fun, had a sense of humor, and seemed to care more about each teammate individually rather than as a whole. Nick Frost was his name, 2-time Pac-10 Champion at ASU and 4-time Arizona high school state champion. This was a turning point for me, not only in wrestling, but in life as well.
Frost noticed I had a weird and unorthodox style due to my training in Jiu-Jitsu and took me under his wing, teaching me moves that fit right into how I wrestled. He worked with me after practice, day in and day out with moves such as leg and crab rides, just to name a few. It was funny how this one person could change how I viewed a whole sport. It was at this point that I learned what hard work actually is; it is not about doing what the rest of the crowd is doing, sure that’s important as well, but it’s more about doing what everyone else is NOT doing.
As the state championships approached, a small group of young men and myself began to work even harder, going that extra mile after the rest of the team had left, when no one was watching. Frost drilled us relentlessly on technique and conditioning. It left me wiith this great sense of pride inside; knowing that I was bettering myself everyday. I may not have ended up as a state champ that year, or even placing for that matter, but I gained something more valuable, a life lesson. Thanks to Nick “Freezy”, as I liked to call him, I learned that hard work is the most important element that you can put into anything and that is something I will always be grateful for.