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“I have a goal for myself to try and pin every single person in my weight class and not to keep any close matches and win state again,” said Mason Posa.

La Cueva junior Mason Posa is a two-time wrestling state champ.  He won the 160-pound division as a freshman.  His sophomore season he won the 189-pound bracket.  He started this year in the 215-pound classification. “The reason why I keep going up and going up is I want to play football, that’s my dream” said Posa.  “I love wrestling, but football is the favorite.  Going up, the competition keeps getting bigger and bigger and stronger.”

Posa helped the Bears win a state football title this fall.  Mason plans to play football at the next level says college football coaches like that he’s a two-sport student-athlete.  “College coaches love wrestlers, that’s the one thing I hear on the phone all the time,” Posa explained.  “They love that I wrestle and that I’m a state champ because they know we’re hard workers.  Wrestling also helps me with leverage and tackling.”

Posa is currently being recruited by a who’s who of college football.  “Washington, Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, USC, Baylor, TCU, Utah, Oregon,” he listed.  “I have over 15 offers.  I don’t have a favorite yet.  I’ll make a list after my official visits, and we’ll see.”

On the mat, Mason is coached by his father, Javier, who has a pretty lengthy wrestling resume of his own from his high school days in Santa Fe to his collegiate years at Oklahoma.  “He’s my mentor, I look up to him,” said Mason.  “He always tells me to be better than him, and so far I’m on that road.  He was a three-time state champ and I’m going for my third, and eventually my fourth.  Hopefully everything plays out this season.”

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