Morgan High wrestling alumni Josh Wilson is making the Trojans proud, as well as his current Utah Valley University Wolverines.
After winning the Western Wrestling Conference (WWC) Championship, Wilson will be competing at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
This humble wrestler spends his time on the mats and avoids attention; however, that doesn’t keep the Morgan Wrestling Club and high school students from looking up to him.
Wilson has given them more than athletics to aspire to. He is currently a senior with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and will soon add a bachelor’s of marketing to his resume, along with a 3.78 GPA.
His parents, Kelly and Lisa Wilson, had Josh start wrestling when he was 4 years old. By seventh grade Wilson realized his love for wrestling and his potential in the sport. This early beginning, along with practice and determination, began to set the wrestler up to complete his college degree.
“I love the challenge,” Wilson said of the sport. He feels that wrestling is one of the toughest sports.
“It’s just you and your opponent,” Wilson explains. A wrestler learns from practice, coaches and working with a team. However, at the tournament it is just him and another guy. “You win and it’s all on you. If you lose, it’s all on you.” Wilson says of the one-on-one sport.
While he traveled around the area for practice and to compete, Josh didn’t have to travel far for good coaching and advice. He comes from a rich line of experienced wrestlers with his father, Kelly Wilson, and his grandfather, Bob Wilson, each having coached at Morgan High at different times.
To reach this high degree of accomplishment has taken dedication. Along with his current school load, Wilson practices morning and afternoon. He also finds partners to practice with on the side and coaches kids’ groups.
With all of these commitments he is grateful wrestling has provided him a chance to go through college and receive his degree and become more. Wilson doesn’t do it alone but shares in the journey with his wife of three years, Tracey, whom he met at UVU.
While Wilson’s family is very proud of him and his accomplishments, it is difficult to get them to talk about themselves. The family modestly averts attention. That doesn’t mean there aren’t others willing to give him accolades. Parents of Morgan Wrestling Club members enjoy taking their kids to watch Wilson wrestle. They feel he gives their children an example of dedication to athletics as well as academics.
“Don’t let someone take away your dream,” Wilson advises young wrestlers. However, the advice is applicable to all. He encourages others to go after their dream and not let anyone tell them what they can and cannot accomplish.