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D6 Athlete of the Week - Mikai Alirez

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"Mikai is one of the hardest working young men I've ever coached. He understands what his goals are and tackles them head on. He helps shape his team to become not only better wrestlers but better human beings on and off the mat. He pushes past his limits, which I rarely see nowadays." - Jacob Duran, Wrestling Coach

"Mikai has had an exceptional year on the mat, winning his weight class at the 4A Region 1 wrestling tournament, and has been a leader this year in the wrestling room. He will compete at the state wrestling tournaments this weekend, and has a great shot at becoming a 4A state champion. He plans to wrestle in college next year, and I look forward to seeing his success in the future." - Sean Scribbick, Athletic Director


Student Name: Mikai AlirezD6 Athlete of the Week Mikai Alirez 2024

School: Greeley Central High School

Grade: Senior

Sport(s): Wrestling

Position(s): 132 lbs. 

Stats: 2024 Season: 24 - 1 with 20 pins

Tell us about your greatest athletic achievement to date:

"Making it to the state finals my sophomore year."


What are your goals for this season? 

"To bring a state championship to Greeley Central."


How do athletics make you a better student?

"Wrestling helps me so much with my academics, allowing me to keep the same mindset of how hard I can train and transition it to the classroom." 


What mental tool do you use when you're under pressure?

"Character. When you're under pressure, you can respond two ways. ou can give up and make excuses and live with that burden your whole life, or you can give it your all. And, you won't have a reason to look back."


What is the best part about competing?

"The chance to get better at something I love to do." 


What are your career or college plans after you graduate high school?

"I plan to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Northern Colorado."


What advice do you have for younger athletes who want to join your sport?

"If I could give a younger athlete advice, I would say that you need to have discipline because it will take you way farther than anything else. I wish I got told that when I was younger." 


What is your favorite song to listen to prior to competing?

"My favorite song pre-match is 'Dreams and Nightmares' by Meek Mill."


What is your go-to Pre-Competition food?

"Bagel with peanut butter and a banana."