Thank you, not only for commending me, but for voicing your opinion. I'd like to clear some things up with you and I'd like to start by saying this is not a response full of hostility or attitude. This post is meant to be sincere and help me voice my opinion..
For one, I said that I did not mean to be disrespectful or do any harm to anyone. It will not happen again. That's a promise to the coaches, wrestlers, and fans of Indiana high school wrestling and that includes you.
Next, to be honest, I do not care who cheers for me when I wrestle against anyone, no matter the stage. I haven't worked hard to try to win for them. I've worked hard for myself, my family, my school, and my community.
Finally, once anyone completes a high school wrestling career there are people for and against them. As a matter of fact, those opinions are what make this board great. I am not worried about how I will be remembered. Whether I am loved, hated, or anything in between, I am passing the torch to those younger Portage wrestlers to keep a rich WRESTLING tradition intact. I'm sure there will be awesome Portage wrestlers to come that will have their own personalities. I am nothing more than another Portage wrestler. There are many just like me and many more to come but each one will act a little differently. I emphasize wrestling tradition because that does not mean a tradition full of unsportsmanship. My actions in the past do not support the way I feel about sportsmanship. That is why I have made a promise to you to fix these issues.
I can only blame my self for my actions on and off the mat. Off the mat I try to be as kind and friendly as I possibly can. As I have matured in the last couple years, I have learned to use the constructive criticism of others as a tool to motivate me to improve myself as a person and a wrestler. This situation is no different. I do not look at anyones posts about me as negative, although others might. I look at them as another possibility to try and make myself a better person in the future, again on and off the mat.