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Trojan’s Lunsford signs to wrestle at Hannibal-LaGrange

By Justin Webster | Oct 27, 2017
Photo by: Justin Webster Fairfield High School senior Brendon Lunsford signs a national letter of intent to attend and wrestle at Hannibal-LaGrange in Hannibal, Missouri. He is joined by his parents Josh and Amber.

Thursday afternoon at Fairfield high school, Brendon Lunsford signed his national letter of intent to attend Hannibal-LaGrange University as a student-athlete on the wrestling team. Flanked by his parents and surrounded by his current coach, Steve Miller, and his future coach at Hannibal, Scott Hawes, Lunsford signed his letter of intent just after 2 p.m. near the trophy cases, officially making him college bound. After the signing, Brendon discussed his youth and high school wrestling careers and his future as a Hannibal-LaGrange Trojan 121 miles south of Fairfield.


Q: What weight and age were you when you started wrestling?

A: I started wrestling when I was 4 or 5 years old, so including this year, it’ll be 13 seasons. I started off freshman year at 170 and then went up to 220 for part of my sophomore year before wrestling heavyweight from the end of sophomore year until now.


Q: When did you start losing your baby weight?

A: I’d say as a freshman when I was a little shorter than I am now and kind of chunky, but then I gained around 50 pounds in two months right after my wrestling season that year. I started getting a lot of muscle as I went from 170 to 220 pounds between my freshman and sophomore seasons.


Q: What drew you to wrestling?

A: My dad wrestled and my brother, who is three years older than me, did it and I always wanted to do it after watching him. I started getting into competitions and doing well. By third grade, I won little kids state and then I won USA state two more times. Since I did pretty good as a little kid, I just wanted to finish it out.


Q: You finished sixth place at state last year. What’s your expectation for this season?

A: I want to be in the finals match and my expectation is to try to win state.


Q: What about wrestling has brought you to the point of receiving a college scholarship?

A: It gives you motivation and makes you want to work hard. Just finishing one season of wrestling is hard. Grueling practices and a lot of conditioning. You have to be mentally tough.


Q: What is your workout like year round?

A: Wrestling is always happening, so every weekend I’ll wrestle. I lift a lot. During the off-season, I lifted with Brady Hill over at Impact Fitness and since football’s been out, I’ve been lifting everyday after school. I do some running to try to lose a little bit of weight. It’s a lot of hard work right now.


Q: What impacted your college choice?

A: I love the program, coaching, and it just seemed like a nice school that would fit me well. The cost of it helped a lot being a more affordable school plus my scholarship helps a lot.


Q: What led you to choose your field of study?

A: I’m not 100 percent sure I’m set on that, but I would like something like graphic design because I really liked a class I took here in multi-media.


Q: What other classes do you like that might influence your final choice?

A: I like business classes a lot. Science is also one of my favorite subjects.


Q: Where do you see yourself in four to five years?

A: Hopefully, I’m about to graduate college with a decent GPA after winning some fairly big wrestling awards at Hannibal.


Q: Have you wrestled against much national competition? How do you think you’ll fare in college?

A: It’s going to be difficult, but I just have to work into it and start small and go from there.


Q: Are you expecting to wrestle right away?

A: I’ll obviously have to earn it, [since] there’s never really a given spot. I just have to work hard and be better than the person in front of you because hard work shows who’s gonna start.

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