This summer, Catholic Central alumnus Myles Amine (15’) battled his way to earn the bronze medal for wrestling at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A current graduate student at the University of Michigan, Amine has placed three times in the NCAA Championships and was the first-ever wrestler from San Marino to compete at the Olympics. Amine represented his ancestorial country of San Marino, bringing pride and notoriety to the small country enclaved by Italy. He also brought pride to Catholic Central and showed ‘goodness, discipline and knowledge’ on and off the mat. We sat down with Mr. Amine to gain insight into his journey leading up to his success and what encourages him daily to keep at his dreams.
Question: How did you start wrestling?
Amine: Wrestling has been a tradition in my family for many years. It started with my jido (grandfather) who wrestled for Lebanon in the Helsinki and Rome Olympics over 50 years ago. I decided to pick it up around 4th grade and got serious with the sport when I arrived at Catholic Central as a freshman.
Q: Were there people who encouraged you to pursue wrestling?
Amine: Yes, of course. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for CC. My coaches Mitch Hancock, Anthony Biondo and the rest of the staff were monumental in my development on and off the mat. Also, I give a lot of credit to Aaron Babicz for putting wrestling at the forefront of Catholic Central Athletics.
Q: How did Catholic Central help you in college and beyond?
Amine: Going to high school at CC taught me to out work everyone, that’s really all there is to it. I remember how busy I was because wrestling and school were both major commitments. I would come home from a grueling 3-hour practice, eat dinner, study or do homework for a few hours, then go to bed. There were definitely times that I got to hangout with friends and have fun. However, more times than not I was skipping out on late night activities to go to morning workouts, even in the middle of the summer. The mentality for me has never changed.
Q: What was the process for qualifying for the Olympics, or learning that you can play for San Marino? Was this always a goal of yours?
Amine: I was born a dual citizen of the United States and San Marino. This is because my mother was a Sammarinese citizen, and it is passed down through your parents. I didn’t really think about competing internationally until 2017 and I knew I could wrestle for the US or San Marino at that point. I ultimately chose San Marino because I knew it would give me the opportunity to travel the world and compete against the best right away.
Q: Do you see yourself competing in 2024?
Amine: I’m not totally sure yet. I will say that I had an incredible experience at this past Olympics and my wrestling career definitely isn’t over yet.
Q: Are there other goals or interests you have that you are planning to pursue?
Amine: Yes, when wrestling comes to an end, I’d like to run my own business. My undergrad degree was a BBA with an emphasis in finance, so I want to take full advantage of what I’ve learned from UM and wrestling.
Q: What advice do you have for current Catholic Central students?
Find what you love to do and commit fully to it. Don’t try to take shortcuts or think you can beat the system. The hard part is sometimes you don’t even know you’re taking a short cut. It can be disguised as “working smarter, not harder” but I truly believe that nothing worth pursuing is going to come easy. That can be related to academics, sport and most importantly, life. Finally, check your attitude every morning when you wake up and do your best to become a positive-thinking person. I honed in on doing this a few months before the Olympics and it made a world of a difference.