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Christian Rowland of Mustang High School has become one of the top wrestlers in the state and he has a lot of individuals who have helped him along the way to make him the athlete and man he is today.

The heavyweight wrestler, who placed third at the state tournament last year, is also a defensive tackle for the Mustang football team. There are a few individuals who Rowland says have contributed to his successes, starting with his family.

“Zane Rowland (father) has always made me work my absolute hardest in everything I do, even since I was a young kid,” Rowland said. “He is the main reason I am where I am today.”

Alongside Rowlands father, he contributes his success to J.R. Conrad, Brian Picklo and Coach Duran. 

“J.R. has already walked the path that I am walking, and he understands me while speaking life into me,” Rowland said. “Without Brian’s knowledge and guidance, I wouldn’t be the wrestler or man I am today. Coach Duran is always tough on me, but I know it’s for the best and that he will always love me and have my back.”

There are a few things in Rowland’s life that have helped him become one of the best heavyweight wrestlers in the state.

“Dedication, hard work and persistence have brought me to where I am at today,” said Rowland. “In life and in wrestling you get out what you put in. Win or lose, you have to show up the next day and go right back to work.”

Like many high school athletes, teachers play a big part of their lives. Rowland has one teacher in particular that has stood out to him.

“Mr. Danny Williams has been my favorite all-time teacher,” stated Rowland. “He made algebra somewhat exciting, and also made a point to come to our wrestling matches and football games, which means a lot to me and my teammates.”

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