Howdie Isaiah Frazier!

Isaiah is a junior and an aspiring wrestling star.


Josh Manus

Isaiah Frazier outside his advisory, waiting for a friend

By Josh Manus, Staff Writer

The Wrangler: How did you first find out that you enjoyed wrestling?

Frazier: When I was in sixth grade, I tried out, but I didn’t make it. And then in seventh grade, I just did it again, and it has been something I have been passionate about ever since.

The Wrangler: What was the first obstacle that you encountered when you first joined wrestling?

Frazier: My counters were always shots that we did, I was never good at shots.

The Wrangler: What are shots? 

Frazier: Shots is a basic move, where you basically get in close to your opponent and taking them down.

The Wrangler: How did this obstacle affect your willingness and ability to wrestle? 

Frazier: It didn’t affect my willingness, it just made me better than the last match. If anything it just made me want to do more.

The Wrangler: Did you ever get over your obstacle, or do you still deal with it?

Frazier: I still deal with it, but I find ways to work around it.

The Wrangler: As you are a returning member to the wrestling team, how have things changed? 

Frazier: With wrestling, everybody is more open and like a welcoming family. Everybody has been so kind, and it has just been getting better and better.

The Wrangler: With the new school year, has it been difficult to acclimate all the new faces into wrestling and if so, how? 

Frazier: Yes it has, I am a very friendly person, so I like to go and meet new people and welcome them to the team.  But sometimes it is those people that aren’t really open, so it is harder to get to know everybody on the team.

The Wrangler: Why wrestling? As you might know, there are many different sports at our school, so why did you choose wrestling? 

Frazier:  Because I don’t really feel like getting tackled and getting a bunch of concussions doing football. I hate football. I never really got into basketball like that, dribbling is really hard for me, so wrestling felt good for me.

The Wrangler: Your season for wrestling has not started yet, so what are you looking forward to this season? 

Frazier:  I’m really looking forward to wrestling people in my weight class or people that are above my weight class. I’m just really excited for tournaments.

The Wrangler: What do you think is the toughest aspect of wrestling?

Frazier: The toughest aspect for me is strength in wrestling; I am more of a technical person, so I can do moves correctly, but you have to have the strength to back it up.

The Wrangler: How has wrestling changed since you have joined it, and How?

Frazier: As people might know there are seniors and juniors in there, it is just watching people grow up. Seeing who they become is also an interesting part of wrestling.

The Wrangler: In competitions, What would you say is your “go-to” move?

Frazier: I have two moves, one leads into the other. I would do a lock-up and it would turn into a move where I lift them up and drop them on their back.

The Wrangler: What is the most challenging part of wrestling, and Why? 

Frazier: The most challenging part of wrestling is the periods. When it gets to the third period and you’re tired, that is when you need to give it your all.

The Wrangler: Who would you say is the best fit for wrestling, and Why?

Frazier: People that are bulky that can learn new things quickly are the best fits for wrestling.

The Wrangler: What advice would you give to newcomers to wrestling?

Frazier: Make friends, the best friends that I’ve had have come out of wrestling.

The Wrangler: After you graduate, do you have any aspirations to continue to wrestle?

Frazier: I plan to do it more in college and not as much as a career choice. I also have no aspirations to become a coach, but if it happens it happens.