When you realize that 鸿博体育 senior Drew Lang grew up in a 家庭 filled with passionate 和 successful wrestlers—including two adored older brothers—it’s not surprising that he became intrigued by the sport at an early age.
当被问及Drew第一次表现出对摔跤的兴趣时, 他的妈妈, 吉尔朗, 他们分享了一段特别甜蜜的回忆:在家里两个大男孩的摔跤比赛上, 将和杰克, 然后在小学, 在那里，她发现当时蹒跚学步的德鲁试图脱下训练裤，换上摔跤背心.
“I said, ‘Oh no, honey, it’s a little too soon,’”她说, chuckling at the memory.
幸运的是，这个坚定的孩子, 等待没有持续多久:Drew在三岁的时候第一次踏上了垫子. 从那以后他就没停止过摔跤.
Drew最初对摔跤的兴趣可以追溯到他想做哥哥们做的事情, a deep personal connection to the sport has kept him going for more than 15 years. 很明显，在和德鲁谈话的时候，摔跤这项运动, 虽然由团队组织, is very individual—speaks to his innate drive for excellence. He said he remembers enjoying the repetition of early training sessions, 让他慢慢磨练自己的技能, as well as benefiting from exposure to a variety of styles shared by the array of families that made up the first wrestling club the 朗的家庭 joined after moving to Utah, 团队的遗产. He believes these early experiences set a foundation for success.
Wrestling is very much a sport where what you put in, you get out. The feeling of putting in so much time 和 effort 和 sacrifice, 和 then at the end of the day receiving the results you want, 对我来说，这很令人满意，也很值得.——德鲁·朗(drew Lang)， 2022届毕业生
“A lot of wrestling is knowing what to do in certain positions, 和 the only way you can really know that is by wrestling in all sorts of positions,”解释了. “当你和不同类型的孩子摔跤时，你会学到不同的东西.”
尽管德鲁刚开始时是遗产团队最小的孩子之一, 他妈妈说他不害怕挑战自己. “From a very early age, he has never, ever been afraid of anything,” said Jill. 这并不是说他总是认为自己会赢, 一定, but he always was confident in his ability 和 he was always willing to try things.这是一个行之有效的方法:在五岁左右, 德鲁开始插话, 甚至赢得, 全国锦标赛, 这种胜利的感觉标志着一个转折点.
“获胜的感觉真的激发了我对这项运动的热情，”德鲁回忆道. “Wrestling is very much a sport where what you put in, you get out. The feeling of putting in so much time 和 effort 和 sacrifice, 和 then at the end of the day receiving the results you want, 对我来说，这很令人满意，也很值得.”
Since those first wins, Drew has continued to amass an impressive list of 成就, both in national competitions as a now-member of the S和erson Wrestling Academy 和 on the West High School wrestling team (although Drew attends 鸿博体育, 他是该校的一名学生，参加一项当地另一所高中不提供的运动。. 仅在一月，就有两次 州摔跤冠军 finished in eighth place at the Doc Buchanan Invitational in California (”arguably the toughest high school tournament in the country attracting the nation’s top high school wrestlers,”吉尔说), 第一名 犹他州的全明星双刀在罗克韦尔隆隆声的第一名. On January 19, he was ranked the number-one Utah wrestler, pound for pound, by the 蜂窝前25名. 最重要的是, 他正在慢慢地成为西部高中历史上最成功的摔跤手, 该头衔目前由他的兄弟杰克·朗(Jack Lang ' 19)持有, 顺便说一下, 从郎兄那里赢来的, 将, in 2019); Drew should take the title by the time the 2022 state tournament wraps later this month. As Drew heads into the final phase of his high school wrestling career, 他赢得更多胜利的机会, 包括第三次州冠军, are promising indeed—especially when you factor in the impressive mental fitness, 除了他的体力，他还很优雅, that the young athlete will tap into as he faces his last high school opponents. 这是一种健身, 在如此高水平的摔跤比赛中, 这真的意味着胜利和失败的区别吗.
一旦你到了某个点,”画的解释说, 心态几乎比身体更重要, 因为每个人都很善良. 但最优秀的人内心都很强大.”
Nowhere is this more evident for Drew than when he revisits opponents who have previously bested him on the mat: his 2021 6A state championship win, 例如, 对阵西湖高中的雅各布·芬林森, 谁在2020年从德鲁手中夺走了州冠军, 和 this year’s win against Juab High School’s Channing Warner at the 犹他州的全明星双刀 was revenge for Channing’s one-point victory over Drew at the same event in 2021.
吉尔说:“我认为这是推动他在这项运动中取得如此好成绩的真正原因。. “他从不找借口. 他接受了已经发生的事情, 赢或输, 和 if he does lose then he immediately goes into the mindset, ‘OK, 我需要如何进行不同的培训? What would I have done differently in this match if I had a rematch?’”
It’s a mindset that Drew has also applied in the classroom: while the young athlete said he doesn’t often view himself as the top student, his years of wrestling have taught him that he is one of the hardest working. “I think having that work ethic at such a young age really helped me,”他说.
这无疑对他的大学生涯产生了影响. 在中学, Drew told his parents that he wanted to wrestle for an Ivy League school, 和 it became a goal that he dedicated himself to with the same energy that he brings to the mat—和 with similar results. 今年秋天, 他将前往普林斯顿大学, where he hopes to reach new wrestling heights (he’d like to be a starter by his sophomore year as well as an All-American) 和 make connections toward a fulfilling career. “我将在那里获得学术上的增长,”他说, “我想这将为我的余生奠定基础.”
I think the skills from this sport—learning how to be a good winner, 学习如何做一个优雅的失败者, 时间管理, 问责制, 不害怕冒险——是非常有益的.吉尔·朗,父
因为当涉及到它的时候, 画的解释, 很少有人能成为职业摔跤运动员，但这并不意味着这项运动不能继续塑造他们. “有句鸿博体育摔跤的名言:‘一旦你参加了摔跤比赛，生活中其他一切都很容易，’”他说. “我认为这背后有一定的道理, 因为摔跤和其他事情是一样的:你有时会失败, 有时你会成功.”
吉尔同意. “德鲁不会做一辈子摔跤手的,”她说, “but I think the skills from this sport—learning how to be a good winner, 学习如何做一个优雅的失败者, 时间管理, 问责制, 不害怕冒险——是非常有益的, 无论他决定做什么.”
这项运动也向他展示了这一点, 他周围的人, 家庭和社区的力量, 所有这些都支持了德鲁的梦想. 而这主要归功于吉尔和她的丈夫, 戴夫, 以及德鲁最喜欢的榜样, 杰克和将, 和他的教练, 吉尔还花时间感谢罗兰厅在德鲁的旅程中扮演的重要角色.
“I’ve been so blown away by how accommodating the school has been; that’s helped Drew be where he is today,”她说. “中学 Spanish teacher Bill Shann literally has watched more matches of Drew’s than I could ever tell you—away matches, 主场比赛, 匹配网络. 他一直很支持我. 老师们非常乐于助人, as I’m sure they are with other kids that have interests they want to pursue. That’s been such a blessing for our 家庭, to have such a supportive network.”
“This is Drew’s moment, 和 I’m so grateful I get to share in it,” said Jill. “我只想让他上场, 尽他所能, 享受这一刻, 就知道, 无论他去哪里, 鸿博体育就在上面看着他, 一如既往.”
2022年2月7日更新: 德鲁赢得了6A男子组锦标赛, 举行2月4 - 5, 和 will be the #1 seed going into the 6A Boys State Tournament, 从2月18日开始.
2022年2月19日更新: Drew has ended his high school wrestling career with a third state championship; read more about his victory in the 犹他州的别名新闻. 祝贺你,画!