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By Vicente Marcelo, Courier Sports Writer
Senior Jonathan Laureta‑Revelo finished off his high school wrestling career strong and impressive.
Jonathan has struggled the last three seasons due to injury such as a hyper‑extended elbow and a torn finger. He was unable to finish his first three seasons as a Colt wrestler. “These injuries just made me want to work harder. I didn’t want my last season to be like my freshman, sophomore and junior year," Jonathon said.
In order to prepare for this season, Jonathan lost weight and lifted more weights to build muscle mass to help prevent injuries. All of his hard work paid off this year.
Jonathan entered the 2007/2008 season unranked in California and unseeded in every tournament he competed in this year. Every match Jonathan wrestled in, he was considered the underdog. Despite being the underdog in every match, Jonathan was able to upset many wrestlers and place in the top 5 in most of his tournaments.
“Even though I did well in most of my tournaments I was still the underdog entering NCS Finals. I wasn’t even ranked in the top ten,” said Jonathan. When Jonathan entered the NCS Finals he was expected to be eliminated in the first day because his first two matches were against top ten wrestlers. However, Jonathan was able to upset the two ranked wrestlers and advanced to the next day. At the end of the tournament Jonathan placed third and qualified for the California State Finals.
Unfortunately, at the California State Finals Jonathan loss his first two matches and was eliminated in the first round.
The Courier recently interviewed Laureta‑Revelo.
Q: How did it feel to be the underdog in all of your matches?
A:“It didn’t bother me. It just put more pressure on my opponent. It made me wrestle harder”.
Q:What did you do differently this year to help you win more matches?
A:“I just listened to my coaches and didn’t give up. I just wrestled hard in every match and did my best”.
Q:How do you feel about your final high school wrestling season?
A:“This season was great. I surprised a lot of people and did something that no one expected me to do”.
Q:Are you planning to continue you’re wrestling season and go on to wrestle in college?
A:“I’m still not sure if I’m going to wrestle next year”.
Highlights of Laureta‑Revelo's Career
- 3rd in MVAL
- 25‑10 record(JV)
- 13‑13 record (Varsity)
- Season ending injury
- 13‑13 record (Varsity)
- Torn finger
- 35‑13 record (Varsity
- 3rd NCS
- 1st MVAL