Written by Connor Tomlinson
While there’s no denying the physicality of the competition, the sport of wrestling also requires mental strategy. And for Hilldale senior Colby Garrett, the cerebral approach to the sport has helped keep him in competition.
“Wrestling has pushed me to my limits by showing me the importance of being mentally tough,” said Garrett who only began wrestling three years ago when Hilldale began their high school program. “Through our training and conditioning, my coaches have helped me to understand that the mind is stronger than you think. You just have to go out everyday and give it your all.”
The impact of an injury sustained in December while in competition sidelined the Hilldale senior for six weeks.
“I had a tear between my acromion and clavicle. Fortunately, I didn’t have surgery on it.”
According to his coach, Daniel Llamas who hopes that Garret will be full strength in time for the OSSAA championships, it’s the mental tenacity that’s helped the Hornets 160 pound athlete find his way back to the mat.
“Colby is a very hard worker,” said Llamas noting that Garrett hasn’t let a shoulder injury keep him from helping his teammates. “Colby’s motivation to be successful is what makes him a leader, an example for his teammates.”
Describing his primary move as a “front 3-quarters” that allows him to counter an opponent’s move and be in position to score points or get a pin, Garrett enjoys the team atmosphere in the Hilldale wrestling room.
“That’s what I enjoy so much about this team. We can laugh at each other but we also make each other work harder.”
On top of his 4.0 GPA, Garret’s leadership skills will certainly enrich his future opportunities.
“I’m planning on going to Evangel University to get a masters of divinity degree so that I can become a Navy Chaplain.”
Describing himself as smart and independent, Garrett who also enjoys hunting and fishing as well as playing his guitar, is also willing to do whatever it takes to help others succeed, on and off the mat.
“No matter the circumstances, if everyone knows that you’re honest, people will trust you,” said Garrett. “As a leader, honesty is the best policy.”