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All my hopes and dreams had come true. I have been wrestling since I was twelve years old. Ever since then I've been trying to accomplish my dream of going to the Colorado State Wrestling Tournament. I decided that I wanted to be a good wrestler, and I wanted to be one of the top wrestlers in the state. I knew that the only way to accomplish my goal was to start wrestling as soon as possible and never give up.
The second year of high school I was given my shot to go to state and accomplish my dream. My season was going pretty good, and I had a very good chance of making it to state. In the match that would have sent me to state, I choked and lost. I was so heart broken that after the tournament I cried 'til I couldn't cry any more. After I was done crying, I became so angry I didn't speak to my parents or any that tried to talk to me for days. To make matters even worse, our team placed first in the 3A state wrestling championship. The team that I could have been on was state champions and I could have been there.
I decided that I was going to make it to state the next year, and I trained as hard as I could to prepare myself for it. The next year I wrestled with my heart and desire. When I started wrestling that year, I knew I was going to make it to state. I knew no one could stop me.
After qualifying at regionals in Montrose to go to state I was so happy. When I arrived at state wrestling in Denver I was so excited. I hardly got any sleep that night. I was so ready to enjoy the hard fruits of my labor. I told myself I was not only up here to win state, but I was also there to enjoy myself.
When I arrived in Denver, and took my first glimpse of the Pepsi Center; it reminded me of a castle with huge glass windows. It stood four stories tall. Towering over me, like a huge beast waiting to strike. I was ready to show the crowd in this huge castle that I was a supreme warrior. As I walked through those huge glass doors, I felt like this was it.
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