It is a tremendous honor to be named a captain of a varsity program at Catholic Central, and we wanted to take some time to check in with our wrestling captains with some Q&A...
What was your first reaction when you heard you had been named a captain?
John Browning '21 - I was very excited and proud at the same time because I realized that I can be a big leader for the wrestling team this year.
Philip Burney '21 - When I first heard I was being admitted as a captain for this season, it really made me think about how far I've come as a senior. I feel like wrestling has made me into a leader and made me into a man. I feel very connected to the team this year and I'm excited to lead them to the team state tournament.
Camden Trupp '21 - I was honored that all of my hard work and dedication to the team and coaches was being recognized. I felt blessed that the coaches had put their faith in me to help lead the team.
Manuel Rojas '22 - It makes me feel good that other people have recognized the time and all sacrifices I have put into my sport.
As a captain, what additional responsibility do you feel toward the team?
JB - I feel like I need to set a good example so that we can continue to be successful and also continue to improve everyday.
PB - Coach Hancock is not always going to be there in the ear of my teammates, and I feel that it has become my responsibility to make sure that my teammates are representing the team well. I also believe that rides to practice and extra help after practice is my obligation to help my team be the best it can be. There are a lot of newer wrestlers this year and I do my best to make them feel apart of the team and welcomed.
CT - I feel my responsibility as a captain is to encourage, motivate, and push my teammates to be the best versions of themselves on and off the mat.
MR - To always keep a positive attitude no matter how bad it might be, because I know I have others looking up and watching me.
What are your best memories of competing for Catholic Central?
JB - Just wearing the blue and white makes you feel stronger and makes you want to go out and give it your all so that you and your brothers can succeed.
PB - One of my best memories was just this last year, when I became an all state wrestler. Coach Amine had been pushing all year as he thought I should get sent to the Individual state tournament (The 14). Seeing that he believed in me made me grow to love myself as a wrestler and grow confidence that I could place in the top 8 in the state. Specifically right after I won my match to place, Coach Amine was waiting just on the side of the mat and I jumped to his arms. There is a picture on the DCC wrestling Twitter (@DCCWrestling) account of it.
CT - Being a starter for three state championship teams and eating after every weigh in.
MR - One of my best memories at Catholic Central is pinning the kid from Lowell in the assembly match.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through competing at Catholic Central?
JB - I’ve learned that in order to win you have to lose first and then push yourself to where you need to be so that you win and don’t lose again.
PB - Back in my sophomore year, I really dug myself into a hole with taking honors classes and having to cut weight for wrestling. I spent a good amount of that year blaming the wrestling program and my teachers for the reason that I was doing horrible. On the day of team states as I was struggling to make weight once again, it suddenly hit me when I took as second before my last workout to make weight. The lesson I learned is that people will support you and cheer you on, but those people do not decide your fate, you are the only one who dictates where you end up.
CT - First, if you want to succeed you must surround yourself with like minded people. Second, the boys that I have spent the last four years with have become my lifelong brothers and I would do anything for them. Last, physical and mental boundaries can and will be broken. Do not let them limit your abilities.
MR - When you wear that interlocking CC on your back, everyone wants a piece of you.
What advice would you give a student who is considering attending Catholic Central?
JB - This place can make you a great athlete and academic if you trust in the process and believe in yourself.
PB - I'm sure you've heard that Catholic Central is one of the most prestigious high schools in Michigan. I will agree yes, the programs that Catholic Central has to offer are full of opportunity. From my experience at CC, the school will demand a lot from you as you grow apart of it and become apart of its programs. If you meet the school's demands, you will achieve your dreams. I have gone through a lot of hardship and put in as much of my time and energy as I could. You give yourself to CC and it will give back. It has given me some of my best friends, it has giving me multiple honors courses, and most importantly it has made me live a more disciplined lifestyle.
CT - Accepting the challenge to attend Catholic Central is not an easy path. You will endure failure, hardship and loss. The real test will be how you will bounce back from these events and how you grow as a person. My advice is to take the chance and push yourself to grow your faith, knowledge, and overall abilities. During your time at CC, you will never be alone and will be surrounded by not only classmates, but brothers, who will be by your side every step of the way.
“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.