He was stubborn and kept making jokes, talking about chicks and challenging me to comment about hisopinions.Soon he earned the 167-pound varsity position, beating out a freshman. We were weak at 167 that year I toldmyself.Then he started asking me my advice before his matches.
“Walt, how should I wrestle against this guy? Do you think I can beat him?”
“Just focus on what you know. Keep it simple. You’re strong and have natural talent. You can beat him.”
During the matches he fought with passion. More often than not he lost. He just wouldn’t give up. And even
worse he never took it too seriously. Winning or losing he always seemed to enjoy himself.
Winning is more important than anything. What the hell?
On the dark bus ride back home from the Hudson Invitational he sat next to me.He had won a match, lost the two others.
kicked ass today. I wish I could wrestle that well. Who is Annie? She really likes you. Tell me
My brain was scrambled. He respected me and wanted to know me.
What’s that all about?
“Annie is a friend of Kris, a friend of mine who used to
live in Blissfield and moved to Hudson. We all
hang out when we can. Maybe you can come the next time we all meet.”
Did I just say that? He’s my nemesis. Goddamn it! I think I like this guy. Why?
For the rest of the dark cold ride home I thought about it. He was tough, stubborn, arrogant and confident...like me. And on top of that he had a sense of humor, impish like mine.We started hanging out between classes in the hallways, sharing stories. He told me about his girlfriend andfriends in Spain. He told me he would be going to engineering school when he got back home.I told him about the girls in the school and the ones I had made out with and the ones I wanted to make outwith. I introduced him to my friends and invited him to our parties. We hung out on the weekends and gotinto trouble together.He was always up for whatever chaos I had planned and more. Finally, someone to the level of my fun,someone who could challenge me.Before long we were thick as thieves, flirting with the mat maids and all the girls, playing practical jokes onthe underclassmen.