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From left, Wisconsin heavyweight Trent Hilger, Braxon Amos and Badgers head coach Chris Bono pose for a photo earlier this week outside Madison Square Garden. (Photo provided)

PARKERSBURG — It’s certainly been a learning-by-doing year for Braxton Amos, the 197-pound sophomore from Wisconsin.

The Parkersburg South graduate competed inside New York’s Madison Square Garden against G’Angelo Hancock on Wednesday, but fell 8-0, 8-2 in the Final X event in their best-of-three Greco- 97 kg Romans as Hancock. qualified for his sixth consecutive World Team.

“It was my first time in New York” said Amos, who qualified for the NCAA championships and went 1-2 with a pair of one-point backhands for head coach Chris Bono. “It was fun. They did it.

Amos, who also lost to Hancock last spring at the United States Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, was quick to point out “he’s good. I got my ass kicked last year and the score wasn’t much different this time around, but I’m making progress and starting to close the gap between my eyes and my coaches’ eyes.

“I am not one of those who believe in moral victories. It still stings, but I know what we’re doing is working. If there’s one positive to take from the loss this week, it’s that we’re making progress and doing the right thing. That will take time. I do Greco about five weeks a year and he does it 365 days a year. That’s all he does.

Two-time award winner Robert Dutton, who didn’t allow an offensive run in high school, adapted to collegiate wrestling, but he had his own learning curve.

“It was very humbling to realize, like hey, in high school, I could kind of, I’m not going to say do what I wanted to do and still win, but it’s crazy how there are levels in everything. “, said the former patriot. “Especially in college, nobody cares who you beat or who you are. You better be ready to go anytime or it’s gonna hurt. You know, I just wasn’t ready to do it, and it’s my fault. I had the time, the coaching and all the resources in the world. I didn’t take advantage of what was in front of me.

“It’s cliché when you say that if you don’t win, you learn. I don’t necessarily agree with that, but there are definitely things I picked up on. I reviewed what I did during the season. How I trained, nutrition, down to the quality of your sleep. Do you sit during the day? We kind of put it all aside and figured out what needed to change and we implemented that in training for World Team Trials and we implemented that for Final X. That was the best than I ever felt before Wednesday.

Another area where things are different for Amos compared to high school is the mental aspect of competition.

“I still see them now. It’s something I didn’t really believe in or need. Going into the season and knowing what I know now and my experience with it, I wish I had done it from the start. Amos said he called in a sports psychiatrist. “Our coaches will sit down and talk about whatever we need to talk about.

“Sometimes it’s nice to sit down and talk to someone who’s completely separate from whatever’s going on. A guy is dedicated to the state of mind before the competition. It’s crazy how the generation before never really had someone like that. He progressed so quickly to where he is now. It’s so amazing.

Amos said he is currently relaxing and preparing to do summer camps before the start of his second season at Wisconsin.

Despite qualifying to represent the United States at the U23 World Championship scheduled for mid-October in Spain, the Badger has all but decided not to take part.

“Unless something crazy happens, I probably won’t go” Amos added. “November 1 is the earliest date we are allowed to compete in the NCAA. This is the first date they can schedule a double date for us. I would return from Spain at the end of October. I have a meeting with our nutritionist on Monday to figure out what the game plan is to start losing weight and I can still lift and run and love the things I do and not hate life so I can eat.

“To be competitive at 97 kilograms, I need to be 98, 99 kilos walking, and to be competitive at 197, I need to realistically walk around 206, which is about 10 pounds heavier than I need to walk. compete at 97 kilos. We are prioritizing college wrestling right now. I still love freestyle and greco, but I have three years left of college eligibility. Jordan Burroughs is 33. That gives me 10+ years of international wrestling available Why not prioritize the things I have limited time with.

In addition to treating a few nagging injuries, Amos is concentrating on his training and the camps he will be doing this summer.

One thing he definitely learned as a student-athlete at the Division I level is to have limited free time, although he was able to attend various sporting events like football games and soccer games. volleyball.

“It’s quite simple. You go to class. You go to training. You’re doing recovery and you really don’t have much time for anything else,” he said. “They tell you that there are three aspects to being a varsity athlete, social life, academics and sports, and you have to choose two of them. If you do all three, you won’t be very good at any of them.

When asked if he’s had any serious success with the NCAA’s new name, image, likeness (NIL) rule, the badger had a good laugh.

“I don’t think anyone got into the money fight and if they did, they’re stupid,” joked Amos. “We do it because we love the sport. My whole goal with the NIL stuff is to save enough money to put a down payment on a house when I get out of school.

“As long as my rent is paid and I have money to see a movie once in a while and enough money to go shooting once in a while, I’m pretty happy. I don’t like a lot of things dear.

However, one thing he would appreciate would be to be able to hunt this year in the Badger State.

“Wisconsin’s gun season is the same as our gun season in West Virginia,” said Amos. “Last year, we just didn’t have enough time.

“I was losing a lot of weight. I thought I was going to have a ton of free time and life told me no. I hope this year I go out to hunt a little.

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