20 QUESTIONS WITH ANDRE GONZALES

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navigate to this site The last couple of high school wrestling seasons in the state of CA have been led by some nationally prominent names. The majority of them competing at the lower weights. It’s no secret, outside the Nevills family, the heavier weights have been light on competition statewide, especially when compared to the rest of the country.

buy accutane india As for those lower weight studs, names like Richard Figueroa, Max Renteria, Joey Cruz, Carlos Negrete, and Ryan Franco have solidified themselves atop weight-class rankings, graduating class rankings, and pound for pound rankings. And a year ago, another 106 pound youngster, Jack Gioffre, came out and staked his claim to top 2 status, behind only Figueroa. And there’s more on the way in the next year or two.

With a crowded field like that, there will always be an odd man out, someone who is talented enough to compete with that elite group, yet never talked about with them, or at least with the same frequency.

For 2019-2020, that is Poway’s Andre Gonzales. Entering his junior season for the San Diego area powerhouse, Gonzales is coming off a sophomore season where he took 3rd in Bakersfield at 106. Of course 106 being the home to Figueroa and Gioffre. In that context, 3rd is great. Not great enough for Andre.

His confidence is high and his aim for the upcoming season, even higher. State champ. It’s there for him. For the taking. But, in this sport, nothing is given. Nothing taken for granted. You work. You train. Win or lose. Do it again. You’re only as good as the last time you stepped on the mat. Good. Bad. Ugly.

Lessons that Andre recognizes. Reasons he loves wrestling. “I really love work you have to put in. I enjoy grinding, day in and day out in the room, with my team, and also at home by myself. I like knowing I get out of it exactly what I put in.”

That kind of work that he’ll need to take the next step as an upperclassman, and then beyond. And if he’s going to achieve all that he wants, he’ll need that mentality through the highs and lows. The wins and losses. Though the losses may be fewer and further between.

And we’ve already gotten a taste of what he can do. Where he can go. One of three wrestlers from California to take home a Junior Fargo title, he snatched up two. Two styles, two stop signs.

For his trouble, he’ll carry into the season a #3 national ranking at 106 pounds. For his effort, he may just get that state gold he’s been chasing. And for now, you can learn a little more about him. He’s the latest wrestler featured in our “20 Questions” series.

 

20 QUESTIONS WITH ANDRE GONZALES

San Diego is like a dream. People come from all around the world to stay a week in this place and I think it’s crazy I get to live here. I love this place so much I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else when I grow up.

I wouldn’t say I’m a professional surfer by any means but I love going to the beach and trying my hardest to get up on that board. Even if I take a few hard wipe-outs, It’s still such a fun activity.

I think a good theme song that represents my life is “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen. I believe it really represents how there is constant adversity in life, always biting the dust, but there’s always a way to get past those difficulties.

Oh for sure it would have to be chicken tenders and fries. This is my go to after a long tough tournament. My favorite place to get these at is Raising Canes.

When I am not wrestling I have a ton of hobbies I like to do. I enjoy hanging out with my wrestling friends. We do all sorts of fun things like going swimming or going to the beach but most of the time we are fishing. I think I’d say that fishing is my second passion. I live for the adrenaline it brings and it’s just one of my favorite things to do.

I would say that my most disappointing result so far was the state championship. I ended third but I really wanted to be on the top of the podium. Granted I had one of the toughest pound for pound wrestlers in the country at my weight, I still felt my hard work would pay off.

I recovered pretty well from that loss. It really motivated me for the off season and I think it helped lead to a lot of success in the national tournament. Knowing that I hadn’t got that number 1 spot really pushed me to get after it at Fargo. 

My proudest moment this year was for sure winning my double national titles this year. I pushed my training to the next level leading up to that tournament. The year before, I had taken some tough losses at Fargo, going 2-2, not placing. I came back this year the most ready I had ever been for a tournament. I was locked in and ready to battle and I came out on top in both styles. This was so great because I was the 1st double champ in my school’s history and I was so proud to be able to represent Poway wrestling on that high level. My coach believed in me and I got the job done.

I am the baby of the family with 2 older sisters both out of college. I don’t fight with them much anymore because we have all matured, but they support me so much in the sport.

The biggest life lesson my Mom taught me was that no matter what happens, to just continue to fight. Whatever you’re doing. Never give up and keep pushing to achieve your goal. My Dad has taught me many things but the most important is to work hard. He demonstrates hard work everyday at his tough job and that showed me that I could accomplish anything I put my mind to. He was the one that was always staying up late to get those extra workouts in with me and always kept me motivated. 

My favorite place I have ever visited was Seattle, Washington. It was one the most beautiful places I have ever been. 

I have never seen the movie Fargo. To be completely honest I had no idea that was a movie!?

When I was younger, I wanted to be a meteorologist. I was really interested in the weather. Now, my interest has shifted into computer science or structural engineering.

I want my opponents to know that my desire to win is my biggest asset. No matter how bad you are beating me I will keep coming till I come out on top. 

Wrestling for Poway is a great experience. I love the program and it has really transformed me into not only a better wrestler but a better person. And the saying is true “Those who stay will be champions”.

Participating in the Beat The Streets event was a very fun and exciting experience. I didn’t do as well as I would have liked because it was my 1st tournament back after breaking my finger. So, it was a great wake up call, letting me know where I had to get back to before the post season started.

When i’m on the mat, there’s not much thinking going on in my head. I try to let loose and just focus on what I do best and not what my opponent is trying to do. I am constantly telling myself in the match how hard I worked for this and how much I deserve it.

I would spend the last 5 years of my life traveling the whole world, seeing as much as I could. Of course, spending as much time with my family as possible. 

To me it is very important to be great. I’m tired of not being 1st. I want to be on the big stage and I want to be a state champion under the lights. I don’t want to be known as the “almost great” guy. Winning Fargo is a good start, but there’s still more to go.

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