Wrestling is not a sport for the weary.
Airline wrestling coach Chase Cox said, “Tucker Almond is the toughest kid I know.”
Tucker Almond’s wrestling career has not come without blood, sweat, and tears.
Almond said, “I started working out two to three times a day practicing every day I knew what I wanted, to get that state championship and that’s been my mind set since last February.”
The sport, was as not all Tucker was wrestling in his life, but it was what he turned to after the unexpected passing of his father.
Almond said, “It gave me something, like an escape. I would go work out to go escape the thoughts. I think whenever I’m wrestling it’s just me out there. I know he’s watching over me I know God’s watching over me. I just want to tell him I love him.”
His quest to a state title this year was almost in question entirely after severely cutting his hand.
Almond said, “One of my passions is I like to deer hunt. I was about to cut a zip tie off of a, off of one of my ground blindes but it was a little bit harder to cut than I thought so I put a little more force behind it and it went right through.”
Cox said, “They stitched it up, it looked really gross. You know Coach I’ll be out in a couple weeks I’ll be ok. Honestly he was trying to wrestle the very next week but I was like no, Tucker. He actually wrestled at a tournament at Parkway the Riot on the Red tournament, he finished first but I could see he was hurting and this is the toughest kid I know.”
Tucker had severed a tendon and would need surgery, but he wouldn’t let it get in the way of his goal.
Cox said, “He was at practice the very next practice he was trying to jog, I was like Tucker, relax. There was no relax. He wrestled two weeks later with basically one hand and he got third.”
Most recently Tucker won regionals and will compete in the state championships this weekend. He’s a special young man who knows a thing or two about wrestling in life and on the mats.
Cox said, “He just tightens his shoes up laces his shoes up puts on his tape for his hand and he wrestles and he wins, a lot.”