January 27th, 2011

Trinity's Fahy Continues Challenging Himself

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Trinity's Fahy Continues Challenging Himself
photo by Nolan Reed

Wrestling senior's dedication has led to his rise to the top

LouisvilleCatholicSports.com has created an initiative called the Publishers Press Billy Reed Journalism Awards - a program that will recognize up-and-coming Louisville area sports journalists from local Catholic high schools. As entries are submitted, some will be featured on the LCS website; the rest will be included in a separate section on the site (that is coming very soon).

The article below is one of those samples, and was submitted by Trinity High School's Gareth Hedges, age 18. The accompanying photograph was taken by Trinity's Nolan Reed, age 18. For more information on how you, or one of your students, can submit an entry, or for information on the awards, email brja@catholicsportsnet.com.

Wrestling is a sport that requires commitment, quick reflexes, and technique nurtured by countless repetition. Trinity High School junior John Fahy is a perfect example of each of these aspects of a prototypical wrestler.

Aside from his back-to-back, individual state championships at 103 and 112 pounds, respectively, Fahy has many accomplishments that set him apart from the crowd that is high school wrestling.

First of all, this year marks the 11th year of Fahy’s wrestling career. However, the most impressive fact about Fahy’s wrestling resume is not the fact that he has been wrestling since the first grade but the fact that since the fourth grade, Fahy has not lost a match to a wrestler from Kentucky.

According to assistant coach Dave Case, Fahy’s dedication to the sport is what spawned his success.

"He’s very much the technician," Case said, referring to Fahy's focus on perfecting his wrestling style, "Even after practice is over, he’s still working on new things."

Fahy does not let his skill make him arrogant, though.

"When I wrestle a new guy, I give him the same respect as anyone else," Fahy said. "I like to work on new stuff to keep bettering myself."

Case said, “Fahy deliberately competes at tough levels. He’s gone up against the best in the nation.”

Fahy has wrestled in the national championship tournament on several occasions, and these challenges help him to compete at a higher level in Kentucky.

"I get more nervous when I go to nationals than I do in Kentucky, but I usually stay fairly confident," Fahy said.

One of Fahy’s biggest influences to push himself harder is his dad.

"(He) helps motivate me," Fahy said.

Fahy looks forward to wrestling in college and hopes to improve himself to help his national ranking.

He has been recruited by numerous colleges and has visited Purdue, Maryland, and Illinois.

Fahy said academics will also be a factor in his college decision.

"(I’m) mostly open about schools, but I’m  really  looking at  Purdue  and  Illinois  because of their aviation program."


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