HOLLAND, MI- Few people epitomize hard work quite like Julian Jimenez. Over the past four years he has dedicated himself to the "pantherstyle" ethos on his quest for the state finals. We sat down with Julian and reflected on his career as well as his off season preparations.
How did you prepare for this season?
I got ready for this season by taking on a lot of tougher competition.
What are you doing different your opponents are not?
I was making sure everyone I wrestled in practice was better than me when I had the chance. That was probably something I did to set myself apart from my opponents.
How was your experience wrestling with the national dual team in Oklahoma?
Wrestling out in Oklahoma was fun. There was a lot of tough competition that I'm glad I was able to experience. I also learned a lot from some of the better wrestlers on our team, not just from watching them wrestle, but asking them questions and working on technique.
What are some of the hurdles you have to face?
Probably the biggest hurdle I have to face is my mindset. I feel like I have done a lot of work to improve my wrestling, but I just need to believe in myself and be aggressive.
What has been for motivation in the off season?
My biggest motivation for the off season has been that I'm a senior and it is my last year to make it to state.
Who is your wrestling hero?
My wrestling hero is still Keenan Montoya. He has the mindset I strive to have, and he is always taking time out of his day and looking for ways to get people in the room and work with them, whether it is just me and him or other kids as well.