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Our Athlete Of The Week Is Javier Chapa

At 5’1, 113 pounds, West Warrior Javier Chapa’s far from an imposing physical figure. On the wrestling mat, however, that’s a completely different story. The senior’s won three consecutive tournaments, and six of the seven he’s fought in this year, pushing his record on the season to 36-3.

“At the beginning of the year, my coach told me my senior year, it’s my last year I’m not scared of anything. I always go in positive, and I already know what to do in order to win. So, I just go and wrestle my matches as hard as I can.”

To put that lofty record to the test, i decided to give it a go myself. Suffice it to say my wrestling career’s got a long way to go. After the beatdown, Chapa’s longtime coach told me not to hang my head — that this is one of the most talented — and quickest — wrestlers he’s worked with in his seven years in the Crossroads.

Said VISD wrestling head coach Kerry Iannazzo, “Very determined. And when he gets on the mat, he goes after it as fast as he can. His speed is what helps him win, and there’s nobody as fast as he is in the state in his weight class. He just has to make sure he uses that speed to win “

For his part, the two time district-15 MVP was quick to pass the praise down the line.

“It’s a blessing. Honestly, it’s for my parents, my coaches, my teammates. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here right now where I am. Since day one, they come to every dual, every tournament, and they’re always there yelling at the top of their long. Same with my teammates, they always push me, same with my coaches, yelling at me. “

Chapa tells me his ultimate goal is to place at state this year. As i told him, there’s one reporter he won’t have to worry about going through to get there. Sean Coffey, Newscenter 25 Sports