Scholar Athlete of the Week: Richie McClanahan

By Brianna MacNaught |

Published 12/04 2016 11:49PM

Updated 12/04 2016 11:49PM

One special on TV is where it all started for a now dominate athlete.

"Probably like 1st grade, I saw Brock Lesnar on TV doing WWE and they did a special of him wrestling at Minnesota and I told my dad I wanted to wrestle and he said okay I will see what I can do," said Richie McClanahan.

And once he got that first taste of victory, Richie McClanahan knew something special was in store.

"When I got that first win and you're out there all alone and you did it and you beat that guy and you get your hand raised that is something special," said McClanahan.

It is thanks to a mind set like Richie's that has made him the most successful wrestler in Bay County history.

"I think I just want to be the best I can be in everything I do and settling for mediocrity isn't something I do I like to push myself in everything I do," said McClanahan.

And its not just on the mat that Richie is successful.

He also sets the tone in the classroom as he maintains a 4.1 GPA and his secret to success is simple.

"Just focus and now you have your phone and everything, just put it away, focus, listen to the teacher and just sit down and take notes," said McClanahan.

For a coach Richie is a dream athlete.

"Richie is an assistant coach. He is all of the these things any coach could hope for his work ethic, he is one of these guys that leads by example," said Arnold head wrestling coach, Jeff Skipper.

Next up for Richie is a spot on one of the most prestigious wrestling teams, Penn State.

But no matter where he ends up in life he is determined to work hard every day.

"We will see how I preform in college. If I win a national championship then I will definitely going to go to the Olympics and try to win a gold medal there. We will see what the future has in store but I am going to just keep working hard," said Richie McClanahan.

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