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Kyrene Athlete of the Week: Pueblo Middle School's Tom Kaminski


Jan. 20, 2007

As an eighth grader and a third-year varsity wrestler, Tom Kaminski has taken a role in leading our young wrestling team.

Wrestling in the 80-pound weight-class, Tom has clearly established himself as a top competitor for an individual conference championship and amassed a 7-1 record.

He is currently leading the team in pins and overall team points, which is attributed to his determination and practice at school and at home. As a very experienced wrestler, Tom has taken the responsibility of not only pushing himself but also his teammates.

Whether in practice doing drills or on match day, he is someone all the wrestlers look up to. He is a coach’s dream: a true team player. Each day he works to improve his own skills while raising other wrestlers to his own level of training.

He is a natural leader on the mat and in the classroom. Tom puts his heart into every task he undertakes, whether it is on the wrestling mat or academic excellence.  Though he is very focused on wrestling, he still is able to receive high marks in all his classes and is an example to the rest of his teammates to do the same.

He leads the team by example and is concerned with everyone on the team succeeding on and off the wrestling mat.  He has taken the role of the emotional leader on the team, and though he is not the biggest kid on the team, he has one of the biggest hearts.

So for Tom it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.


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