“My goal last year was to win states. I didn’t accomplish that goal, but I think this year it’s going to happen,” said May (Stafford, Va.), who improved to 24-0 in the 138 weight class with a pair of wins in a Jan. 15 quad meet at Alumni Memorial Gym.
May, who had learned earlier in the day that he had won a congressional appointment to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy, transferred to Fishburne for his junior year, and it was then that his wrestling career took off.
“When I was younger, I didn’t work hard at school, and I didn’t work hard at wrestling, either. Once I really started getting into wrestling and enjoying it, I had a lot more passion for life overall,” said May, who finished third in the state tournament in 2014 and won a match at nationals against a tough draw.
He wrestled at Colonial Forge as a freshman and sophomore, learning the ropes against quality opponents that included several future Division I college wrestlers.
His focus stepped up when he arrived on campus at FMS.
“A lot of push-ups, a lot of other exercises, lifting in the summer. I put so much work into it,” May said. “I spend a bunch of time away from home going to camps. It’s tough. There’s a lot of stuff that I miss out on. But it’s worth it, because reaching these goals is worth a lot more.”
The secret to his success: “There’s a lot of finesse to it, but a lot of it is just being more determined,” May said.
“Getting in the guy’s face, moving around, outworking the guy. That’s what I think is the most fun thing about it, working hard and just breaking the guy, basically,” May said.
– Story and Video by Chris Graham
– Photos by Chris Richmond