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Nava wrestles his way to victory

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Gerardo Nava is a phenomenal varsity heavyweight wrestler.

Nava is a two-time CIF champion. He placed fifth at the Fargo Nationals wrestling event. In addition, Nava earned seventh place at the Tournament of Champions this year.

Out of all the aspects of wrestling, Nava enjoys the “team bonding and winning.”

His family keeps him motivated and inspires him to continue wrestling.

As a wrestler, he has gotten opportunities to travel the nation and across the state, but most importantly, he has the chance to represent himself, Channel Islands High School, and Oxnard.

With his “hard work,” as Coach Gabriel Roman says, Nava hopes to make it to state finals this year.

“Nava works hard in the wrestling room and works just as hard in classroom,” Coach Roman said. “We hope to see this brilliant, humble man go far and go to places he hasn’t gone yet.”

As a wrestler, Nava has encountered difficulties in staying motivated to continue wrestling. However, each time he encounters a setback, Nava remembers that he has to stay strong.

“If I could make it through this wrestling season,” he said, “I can make it through anything.”

Nava’s future goals are to study economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara in hopes of obtaining a good career.

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