Ponce Trained – In Wrestling and In Life

Before high school, Orlando Ponce wasn’t going down the best path. When introduced to wrestling, his path started going in a positive direction. After high school, when he thought wrestling was out of his life, Ponce began to go down some troubling roads again. Wrestling would get re-introduced into his life, and he has never looked back.

“My high school coach and the people who influenced me through wrestling,” Ponce said, “if not for them, I would be in a much different situation.”

Now, Ponce has devoted his life to influencing kids through his faith and through wrestling.

Ponce didn’t grow up in a wrestling hotbed.

“I was born in Nicaragua and was raised in South Florida. It was not a big wrestling community. I got a later start in wrestling. My brother started wrestling but dropped out of high school. He encouraged one of my other brothers to wrestle. This brother was a state champion and went on to wrestle for Lock Haven in Pennsylvania. I was a ninth-grader when he was a senior. My brother encouraged me to wrestle.”

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The Guillotine – May 15, 2020

The May 15, 2020 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: A Program and Community on the Rise - Stillwater Wrestling | Ponce Trained - In Wrestling and In Life | The Guillotine Academic All-State Wrestlers | Where Have They Gone? - Wayne Lexvold | An Evolving Culture of Wrestling - Kasson-Mantorville.

More content in this issue: Lace ‘Em Up - Academic All-State and Recruiting News | Camps and Training Opportunities | MWCA Report | Ask The Doc - Waiting for the Pandemic to Pass | Officially Speaking - New Rules.

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