Scholar Athlete: Central High School Wrestling, Robert Morales

Robert Morales found his love for the sport of wrestling at a young age when his dad accepted the head coaching job at Central high school in Phenix City, Alabama. 

“Of course me being the coaches son, I decided I would try it out and it just really stuck on,” says Central high school senior wrestler Robert Morales. 

Fast forward to his senior year in high school and he’s now a two time individual state champion. The last state title, he says, was a bittersweet victory.

“When I wrestled that match I suffered a high ankle sprain, so that put me out for about six weeks so I was almost not able to compete at all and then I ended up in the second period pinning him and just all that emotion just hit and I was like he beat me before but now I got back even better,” says Morales. 

Morales will be competing in a heavier weight class this year. This means he won’t have to cut weight as rigorously which will help in keeping his grades up.

“When I’m cutting a lot of weight it gets hard, that’s when it gets really tough because I get weak, I get sleepy. The thing that keeps me focused is me being able to compete because if I don’t have good grades I can’t compete,” says Morales. 

He’s not just maintaining a 3.58 GPA to wrestle, but also to get into West Point Academy.

“I’ve had a lot of family members in the military, so they have always influenced me and I’ve always wanted to do something for my country,” says Morales. 

By the end of this month his high school wrestling career will be over, the memories will live on.

“Man I just had so much fun and I just hope the other guys feel the same way,” says Morales. 

Congratulations to Robert Morales of Central high school, this weeks WLTZ Scholar Athlete. 

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