Huntingdon College (AL) 42 v University of Tennessee at Knoxville 9       University of New Haven 18 v University of Rhode Island 7       McDaniel College 29 v Penn State - Mont Alto 27       Gettysburg College 31 v Penn State - Mont Alto 18       West Virginia Tech 32 v Penn State - Mont Alto 12       University of North Texas 18 v The Apprentice School 48       University of Texas at Arlington 18 v The Apprentice School 39       Penn State - Fayette 46 v Penn State - Greater Allegheny 7       University of Maryland / Baltimore County 18 v Penn State - Mont Alto 30       Penn State - Mont Alto 53 v Penn State - Beaver 0       

Southwest Conference Wrestler Spotlight III

03/05/2008 -

As the Southwest Conference prepares to send its qualifiers to Nationals, let's chat with EJ Miranda who, this year, started the Sam Houston State University wrestling Team. EJ is a 2006 graduate from Brazoswood High School and is currently attending Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Fareed Hawwa: You recently started a wrestling team at Sam Houston State University. What made you decide to do this?

EJ Miranda: Experience. I have hopes of one day coaching a wrestling team. So I figured the best way to prepare for this was to continue my wrestling career in college.

FH: Did you have a lot of support initially?

EJ: The administration was very supportive. And the members on my wrestling team were just as encouraging.

FH: How old were you when you started wrestling?

EJ: 14. I was a freshman in high school.

FH: What would you say is your "Go To" move on the mat?

EJ: I like the duck under. It's a very simple move and it has been very effective for me in many of my matches.

FH: What do you think separates wrestling from other sports?

EJ: I think the individual nature of the sport really separates it from the others. It takes a different type of person to willingly go head to head with an
equally determined person on the mat. Very few activities are more physically and mentally demanding.
And I believe the character you develop and the lessons you learn better prepares you for life and
it's challenges.

FH: Aside from wrestling, what do you like to do in your free time?

EJ: I enjoy home cooked meals and buying cheap stuff on ebay.

FH: What is the one far away place in the world that you absolutely must visit eventually?

EJ: I'm not sure yet. But I would like to go on a cruise. I hear they have free all you can eat buffets that's are open 24 hours a day.

FH: What CD is playing in your car right now?

EJ: My CD player stopped working 3 years ago.

FH: If you could be known for saying one famous quote, what would it be?

EJ: We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed..." It's from 2 Corinthians 4:8.

FH: Thanks for your time and good luck with the rest of this season and next year.