West Point, to Thee

May 01, 2020

West Point, to TheeBy Trey Chalifoux, Wrestling

Hi my name is Trey Chalifoux and how I first got into wrestling is the classic story of when one door closes, another door opens.

I had been playing baseball and basketball since I was four years old but found myself with a setback early on. I was cut from my travel basketball team in the fifth grade and if you know me, then you understand why that is not a huge shock, since I am only 5’3”.

I then had to figure out what sport I was going to do in the winter, and a family friend happened to be a club wrestling coach at the time. I decided to give it a try since my height, or lack thereof, would not be held against me.

At first wrestling was just something for me to do in between fall and spring baseball to get me out of the house. It was not until the eighth grade that I really fell in love with it. What I appreciated most was the individual aspect of the sport.

After a loss, I couldn't look around and blame any of my teammates for the outcome because I was the only one out there competing. The sport inherently made me more self-accountable. Once I realized that wrestling was a passion of mine, I truly started devoting my time and energy into it.

Every summer during high school I would spend the entire month of July away from home, training for the biggest freestyle wrestling tournament in the country in Fargo, N.D. It was at this tournament that I realized that I could wrestle at the collegiate level. The recruiting process was a stressful one, but I could not have been more sure of my decision in choosing Army. Read more.


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