Brotherly Love for Two Wrestlers
Two years and eight pounds separate this dueling double-header.
Tyler says, "I contribute a lot of me being athletic to him and always competing against him growing up."
Chris remarks, "We'd always be on separate teams growing up to try and compete against each other and win."
Chris McCormick is a senior at Mizzou, wrestling in the 141 pound weight class. Tyler is a sophomore who wrestles at 133.
You can only imagine the sibling rivalry between the battling brothers.
"At home pretty much every fight ended him locked in the bathroom and me trying to break in it some how," Chris says.
Tyler says, "He'd be chasing me around the house because I did something and I'd always run to the bathroom cause it's the safest room in the house cause you only have one door. I'd try to push it shut and I'd lock it and he'd find someway to grab some hairspray and a flame and find someway to torch me out of it."
Confidence and growth leveled the playing field.
"There's always a point when the younger brother get bigger than the older brother and beats them up," Tyler explained.
But what about now? Tyler says he thinks he's better than Chris. Of course, Chris disagrees. This is the last year the McCormicks can wrestle on the same team. Chris graduated in December, but he leaves little brother Tyler with some hefty advice.
"Don't take advantage of your time here, because it goes by so fast. I remember when I was eighteen looking up at the older guys thinking that's never going to happen to me. I'm never going to graduate. I'm going to be here forever. Next thing I know, I'm graduated already and time just flies by," Chris said.
"I'd like to thank him for being a great big brother and leading me in the way that he has, being a great friend as well as a great brother. Someone I can confide in when I'm down and someone I can hang out with and have fun with," said Tyler.
But this isn't the last you've seen from this family. The youngest brother Nathan is a high school sophomore. And Nathan is already breaking the McCormick records.