The Strange Journey of Jojo Garcia

By Brian Jerzak

It has been a strange, sad journey for former Minnesota Gophers' football recruit and one-time possible Gophers wrestler Jovanny "Jojo" Garcia. As a freshman, he was one of the top Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestlers in his age group in the state. As a senior he is hoping to wrestle for the Simley Spartans.

As a sophomore and a junior Garcia was one of the top football recruits in the state. He played defensive tackle for two years for the East Ridge Raptors and nearly helped his team to a state championship. Although he has not wrestled a varsity match, he is active with the Minnesota Storm.

One of the best football players in the state – even though he has not played in a year – Garcia feels wrestling was invaluable to his football success.

"Wrestling has been my sport since I was four years old. My hips are strong. Pretty much everything a defensive tackle needs to know with hand techniques I have gotten it all from wrestling."

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The Guillotine – January 28, 2011

The January 28, 2011 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Lace ‘Em Up | MWCA Report | Open Tournament Calendar | Milestones | High School Ratings | Owatonna - A Community Success Story | Fastest Falls | Minnesota College Connection | One-on-One with Steve Costanzo | Officially Speaking | Upcoming Camps, Clinics, and Training | McCauley breaks state wins record | Robinson Signs Multi-Year Contract | So Coach | did you win? - East Ridge | Apple Valley wins The Clash | 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals | Years Ago | Ask the Doc | Off the Mat with Grandma | Where Have They Gone? - Michael Hamilton | High School Section Tournament Calendar | College Results | High School Results.

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