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Laying it all on the mat


With a serious look in his eyes and a let’s-do-it attitude, City College wrestler Tyler Brown, 20, liberal arts major, says he’s aiming for the top. So far this season he’s placed second and third in the tournaments in which he’s competed.

“I want to be state champion… and I just want to stay healthy,” said Brown.

After missing last season with a torn tricep injury, Brown says his health became a big concern and he concentrated not just on getting better but on making physical changes.

“I rehabbed… I gained a lot of weight, mostly muscle,” he said.

As a result, Brown jumped up weight classes to the 174-pound from the 157-pound weight class he had wrestled in prior to his injury.

“I hit the weights real serious and I just kept coming to off-season practices,” said Brown.

According to Brown, wrestling isn’t just a sport, it’s also a shared bond he has with his younger brother, Justin, a senior at the same school Brown attended, Calaveras High School. When he was 11, Brown and his younger brother checked out a youth wrestling practice together and both ended up liking it and continuing with the sport.

Wrestling Coach David Pacheco praises his standout wrestler. This will be the third year he’s coached Brown and he says Brown has become a better wrestler during that time.

“When he first came he was very physical and not as much technical,” said Pacheco. “He’s still physical but now he has more technique to go with it.”

With the hard work and improvement Brown has shown, Pacheco believes he can make it to the next level.

“I think he’s very capable of getting to the four year level,” he said, “I think many people will like his work ethic.”

Although Pacheco says he believes Brown can go to the next level, the wrestler isn’t so sure that’s in his future.

“Honestly I see myself as a coach later on in life, helping out other kids,” said Brown. “I’m just kind of going with the flow right now.”

But for now, he’s considered a leader in the wrestling room

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Brown’s teammate, Logan Whalen, says he agrees with their coach.

“He’s a good captain,” he said. “He’s a team leader; he always makes sure we’re working hard.”

Brown says he’s a team-oriented athlete and he has high hopes for the team this season.

“We realistically want to be state champs and we definitely have the potential, but we’re gonna need to work our butts off to get it,” said Brown.

He says that before a match his mindset is very combative.

“You just got to go in with that mentality that you’re gonna rip their head off,” he said. “You gotta do your thing.”

But he also stresses the importance of having fun with the sport.

“I want the team to enjoy wrestling more than anything,” he said. “The biggest goal, I think, is if you have fun with wrestling you’ll always like it. You gotta have fun but also be serious.”

When he’s not competing, he says he enjoys bass fishing and turkey hunting in his hometown of Valley Springs, Calif. His goal after he leaves City College is to become a physical therapy assistant. And, with his future career possibly conflicting with wrestling, he soon has a decision to make.

“I have to choose if I want to go to a trade school or go to a four year and keep wrestling,” said Brown.

But for now, Brown says he’s just living in the moment, trying to have fun with his teammates and pinning opponents any chance he gets.

“I love the sport to death, but I know eventually I’ll have to give it up,” he said. “[We’ll] see where it takes me.


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