Skiatook's Josh Taylor – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Owasso Drug
By Ember McElrath
A senior at Skiatook High School, Josh Taylor wrestled at 138 pounds. Not only is he a dedicated wrestler, he is the president for his senior class and student council treasurer. Josh started his wrestling career when he was just four years old.
“At first I wanted to quit but my dad made me stay in it,” said Josh. “I guess it worked out for the better though.”
Being a busy senior, athlete, and leader for his school and class Josh must stay on top of his schoolwork if he wants to continue on his wrestling career.
“I have to make sure to stay focused and get as much of my schoolwork done as I can in my free time,” said Josh.
When times get tough, which can happen a lot in such an intense sport, Josh focuses on his faith.
“I pray a lot and ask God to give me strength when times get tough,” Josh said.
Wrestling is not only a physically demanding sport, but it can also be a mentally draining sport. You not only have to beat your opponent, but sometimes you have a wrestling match going on in your head while preparing for your upcoming match. That is why for Josh his favorite part comes after the match itself.
“My favorite part of wrestling is getting to relax and celebrate the day after a tournament,” Josh said.
Wrestling is a major part of Josh’s life, but school never takes a back seat.
“Mr. Gregory is my favorite teacher because he made me want to learn more about US history and he is very funny,” Josh said.
When Josh isn’t busy on the wrestling mat he enjoys fishing, especially for spoonbill, going to church, and recently he started to learn how to play guitar. After high school Josh has plans to wrestle at the college level, but is still undecided as to where he will be going.