Brian Marcoux, Glenelg, wrestling

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January 31, 2007|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,Sun Reporter

In his second season on varsity and just his fourth year wrestling, Glenelg junior Brian Marcoux has emerged as one of the state's top wrestlers at 119 pounds. Marcoux entered the week with a 21-1 mark and ranked fifth in The Sun's individual rankings, as the No. 7 Gladiators have gone 11-0. After wrestling in the Mount Airy Junior League program during his freshman year, he went 29-13 as a sophomore and placed third at states. Marcoux, a member of the National Honor Society, maintains a 4.0 grade point average. He is also a tutor, peer mediator and plays wide receiver and cornerback on the football team. What does wrestling mean to you? Before, I was just thinking of it as a sport to play in the winter. But now, it's a big part of my life. Last year, I started wrestling in the offseason, and I just kept going all-year round. Here and there, I would go to some Headhunters [club team] practices at Hammond, and I also did some camps. Now, I'm thinking about wrestling some freestyle in the offseason. I'd like to wrestle in college, but I'm thinking about going to a Division I college for academics, so I'm not sure if I'd be able to wrestle there. What has been the key to the team's success this season? It's been great. We have so many guys contributing to the team, and we can depend on pretty much anyone to win. So we don't have to put pressure on a junior varsity kid to bump up or anything like that. We really have a solid team top to bottom. How is wrestling different from other sports you've played? You can't really depend on the team when you're on the mat. It's really all on you and you have to have the dedication. I think practices are a lot harder than almost any other sport, so you just have to have the discipline. I like that you can go out and compete and show off your skills. What's the biggest difference for you this year from last? It's a lot different this year. Last year, nobody was expecting much from me, so I didn't have as much pressure. I still don't feel like I have that much this year. But last year, I would lose against some wrestlers that I shouldn't have and then I'd win some good matches. So I was kind of up and down before I finally turned it on at the end of the season at states. I'm just trying to build on that, and it's all coming together. What has been your best moment on the mat? It came last year at the region duals when - five days after I had lost to [Hammond's eventual state champion] Devon Gillet, 12-4 - I beat him, 6-4. He was No. 1 in the state. That was huge for me, and it really propelled me. During states, he was on the other side of the bracket from me and I was thinking: "Well if he can win all these matches, why can't I?" It gave me a lot more confidence and showed me that I could do anything I wanted to.

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