QC’s Saba Using Wrestling To Help Overcome Tragedy
11 months ago Eric Sorenson 0
Life rarely follows a script.
Queen Creek High School senior Anthony Saba was reminded of that dealing with an unthinkable tragedy for a teenager. Following the death of his father, one of the state’s top wrestlers decided to put some of his aggression on the mat into overcoming the biggest obstacle he’s had to face in his young life.
It’s a lot to take in right now, but RIP pops. I love you and you will be missed. RIP 🙏🏼 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/iNuuhU3tB0
— Matt (@MatthewSaba_) February 15, 2016
His life decisions weren’t always the right one’s but it’s never where or how you start a journey, it’s where you finish.
Saba eventually turned a negative into a positive, becoming a state champion (182) last fall as a junior and hopes to raise the bar even higher entering his final prep season with college interest from Concordia (CA) and Colorado-Mesa coming in.
Not bad a for a young man who abruptly transferred to Hamilton High School and quit the sport as a sophomore, before returning to his roots at QC and using wrestling as a way of trying to escape his father’s death.
“Never gave in, never gave up, I’m the only thing I’m afraid of” 🦁
— Saba (@sabaanthony40) August 1, 2017
His pre-match approach is simple, yet effective.
“I try not to think about it too much until I’m actually out there so I don’t psych myself out or anything,” Saba recently told CountyLinePreps.com. “I just try to have a good positive vibe and keep away from the stress.”
Keeping away from said stress and the teenage pressures haven’t always been easy for the polite, soft-spoken young star but his growth, not only as a wrestler but a leader on the squad serves as inspiration to not only his Bulldog teammates but his coach coach, as well.
“He really sets the precedence,” former QC star wrestler, now coach Anthony Goddard explained to CountyLinePreps.com. “He didn’t always make the right choices. He had a life-altering thing happen. He came around full-circle and made the right decisions. I can tell guys follow his example. There are no excuses in our [wrestling] room. If anybody would have an excuse it would be him. If he’s not complaining about anything, no one else does.”
In turn, Saba credits much of his success on the mat to Goddard and his Queen Creek support staff who have not only helped put his life back on track, but who pushed him to a state champion.
“I didn’t expect at all to be where I am,” he said. “My coaches helped push me. I didn’t think I’d be able to reach this goal but they helped me do that. It was pretty cool.”
What’s also been cool has been watching Saba mature and learn from past mis-steps and transgressions.
“I believe everyone gets a second chance, but no one deserves a third,” Goddard said. “This is it. Make the best of your situation.”
It’s exactly what the state champion is doing.
Winning big in the sport of wrestling and most importantly, in life.