Inspiration on the Mats

1 decade 2 years 11 months ago Sunday, February 18 2007 Feb 18, 2007 Sunday, February 18, 2007 10:27:43 PM CST February 18, 2007 in Sports

Wrestling is a sport of strength, desire, and toughness.

"I think toughness is learned, and over the years of trying to battle with all the things he has to battle with on a daily basis he has made himself into a great tough person," said wrestling coach Joe Wier.

Trevor Bunch proves it's not the size of the wrestler that matters, it's the size of his heart.

"There's no 'I can't' in Trevor. I think that he believes he can do anything he puts his mind to. And I think that's a big step. He knows in the end result he's going to come out the victor," said coach Wier.

Trevor Bunch is about 4 feet tall. He was born without his lower legs. Most wrestlers in Trevor's weight class can bench press one hundred fifty pounds. Trevor can bench more than twice that amount making up for what he doesn't have in his lower body. Trevor grew up wrestling with his dad and didn't want to let anything get in the way of the sport he loves.

"Trevor lost his first eight matches, he had to learn a lot about balance and coordination. He's one of the guys to be the first to come in the wrestling room and one of the last one's to leave, he's just really a story of hard work," said coach Wier.

"It's all about adaptation. Figure out what I could do to duplicate it," said Marquette High senior wrestler Trevor Bunch.

And it took Trevor a while to become good at what he does.

"Wrestling is a sport that kind of lends itself to anybody who has any difference. They can compete in wrestling more than any other sport. So I told him let's give it a shot. He struggled at first," said coach Wier.

And while Trevor puts his problem behind him, it does have perks.

"He's got the upper body of a one sixty pounder. One way of scoring is leg attacks and he's a guy so he can really shut down most wrestlers offense right away," said coach Wier.

His success on the mat is earning him respect out of the gym.

"Third and fourth grade I dealt with people who made fun of me. I just most of the time looked past it. Try to be the bigger person basically, now I don't have that problem. People are a lot more mature or they're afraid to say it to my face," said Trevor.

With all the hard work Trevor has pushed the limits and is standing toward the top.

"He's one of the select few that we love to see leading our country down the road, because he puts forth a tremendous amount of effort day in and day out," said coach Wier.

Trevor bunch is truly a story of passion and hard work paying off. Trevor came up a bit short in the state championships this year finishing second.

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