Jan. 10.1989 The News Argus PAGET Sports WSSU's first All-American freshman Willie Mouzon says to put God First By William Carter Willie Mouzon, a sophomore at Winston- Salem State University, was bom in Fayetteville to Willie and Betty Mouzon. Little did his par ents know that they had given birth to what was to become an All-American wrestler. As a youngster, Willie was always very active in sports. He attended Fayetteville Seven ty-First High School, where he was on the foot ball, track and wrestling teams. Willie helped the football team win the NCHSAA Metro-4A Championship. He played outside linebacker and was considered by the opposing team to be a major nuisance because of his great performance and ability. The 5-7 stocky All-American gives his mother credit for his getting involved in wrestling. "It was because of my size while young that my mother didn't allow me to play football and suggested that I try wrestling," said Mouzon. As a result of his mother's advice, Willie went from a mere participant in his sophomore year to a 23-5 respected junior wrestler. In his senior year he achieved what every high school wrestler dreams of - a perfect unde feated season of 30-0. Better yet, he won the NCHSAA Metro-4A State Championship in the 148-pound weight class. Willie's secret to success is his awesome ability to use the high crotch series of wrestling moves, which he has mastered. "Once I get your legs, get ready to go air borne, or get ready to be taken down," said the All-American. Mouzon's lower body is tremendously pow erful. Because he has massive tree-trunk legs and a 500-pound squat, it is easy to see why few can say that they have taken him down. Willie was scouted by many different wreslUng coaches after winning the state champi onship title. He chose WSSU because some of his old school friends were doing very well with the wrestling program here and received lots of news attention, he said. He was impressed by the Ram's wrestling coach, Mel Fair, who wanted ^WUie badly but was more interested in Willie's academic future first. "Every other coach talked about how I could m Wlllle Mouzon's mother suggested he try wrestling. help the program and how the program could help me. However. Coach Fair cared more about me graduating in four years and geUing my degree," said Mouzon, a physical education major. "Wrestling for college and wrestling for high school is like seeing day and night change. In high school, you might wrestle a fish or learn one particular move to use on a guy to put them away early, but in college, when you see a person step on the mat, he knows how to wrestle. Strength is not the major factor in college as it was more or less in high school." "Sometimes in high school, you really didn't have to know how to wrestle if you were very strong and could win a match, but you try being Mr. Muscle with no technique in college, and you will see yourself on film getting hit with a lateral or landing on your neck and back at the same lime for five points so fast, you won't believe iL" Willie's over-all record his freshman year in college was 16-8. Seven of the eight losses were only by one point, and the other, by two. Willie admits that he was very nervous as he took the mat for the first lime ever in the Division n National Finals in Omaha, Neb., which was the biggest tournament that he had ever participated in. Getting there was the reward for winning the ClAA Championship in the 158-pound weight class. After losing his first match of the tourna ment, Willie said, "I asked myself several ques tions, like what was I doing here, what was this freshman doing competing against national cham pions and other top wrestlers in the country?" After regaining his composure and confi dence, he said to himself, "111 give it all 1 got, no matter what it takes." Willie then went on to win three straight matches, soundly defeating the No. 6, 8 and 4 nationally ranked competitors, before bowing down gracefully to the No. 2 seed wrestler in the last 30 seconds of the quaiter-fmals match. To give you an idea of how hard the compe tition was, there were well over 300 competitors, and Willie fmished the tournament ranking No. 8 in the nation, giving him All-American honors. Willie will also go down in history as Win ston-Salem State University's very first student lo receive All-American honors as a freshman. Now considered a major threat in college wrestling, the heal is on Willie. If at any time he is defeated by anyone less than a nationally ranked competitor, then it will be considered a major upset in wrestling. "I want to place in the top three in my upcoming year and by my junior year I want lo win the Division II Nationals. I also want to be the first four-time All-American at WSSU," said Mouzon. WUlic advises every athlete in school lo pui God first, school work second, then whatever your sport is last. "If you do it like that, then you will always win lop honors." With his priorities together, hard work in practice, help from the other guys and under the leadership of Coach Fair (who is a graduate of N.C. A&T, a three-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion, captain of ihe wrestling squad for four years straight, two-time All-Amer- ican and a former 1976 Olympic competitor), Willie's goals and other dreams just might come true. 1988-89 RAMS BASKETBALL SITE Home Home Away Away Home Home Away Home Away Home Away Away Away Home Away Away Home Away Away Home Home Home Away Home Norfolk TBA Springtleld, MA Athletic Director: C. E. Gaines Tel.: 750-2582 Head Coach: C. E. Gaines Asst. Coach: Tim Grant DATE OPPONENT Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Classic 26 Thanksgiving Classic 30 St. Paul's Dec. 6 N.C. A&T 10 Norfolk 15 Virginia Union Jan. 7 Elizabeth City 10 St. Augustine's 14 UDC 16 Fayetteville 19 St. Augustine's 21 N. C. Central 24 Livingstone 2b Virginia State 28 J. C. Smith ?9 Fayetteville UDC Feb. 2 4 Hampton H Paine 8 N. C. A&T 11 J. C. Smith 13 Livingstone 15 Shaw 17 N C. Central 2?-?5 ClAA Tournament Mar. 17-18 NCAA 23-25 NCAA DATE Nov. Dec. Jan 1988-89 “LADY RAMS" BASKETBALL OPPONENT 18 Bennett College 25 Bowie State 30 St Paul's 3 N.C A&T 5 Bennett College 6 Shaw 10 Norfolk 15 Virginia Union 7 Elizabeth City State 10 St Augustine's 14 UDC 16 Fayetteville State 19 St. Augustine's 21 NCCU 24 Livingstone 26 Virginia State 28 J. C. Smith 29 Fayetteville State Feb 1 U 0 C 4 Hampton 6 Paine 8 N C. AST 11 J.C. Smith 13 Livingstone 15 Shaw 17 NCCU 22-25 ClAA Tournament Head Coach: Stenson Conley Manager: John Haynes SITE TIME A 7:00 H 5:00 A 6:00 A 5:30 H 7:00 H 6:00 H 6:00 H 6:00 A 6:00 H 6:00 A 6:00 H 6:00 A 6:00 A 6:00 A 6:00 H 6:00 A 6:00 A 5:00 H 6:00 A 6:00 A 6:00 H 6:00 H 6:00 H 6:00 A 6:00 H 6:00 Norfolk TBA DATE Nov. 4-5 Nov. 4-5 Nov. 11-12 Nov. 19 Dec. 3 Dec. 6 Dec. 8 Dec. 10 Jan. 10 Jan. 12 Jan. 13 Jan. 14 Jan. 17 Jan. 24 Jan 27-28 Jan. 31 Feb. 1 Feb. 4 Feb. 7 Feb. 9 Feb. 18 Mar. 5-6 WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY 1988-89 WRESTLING SCHEDULE OPPONENT SITE WSSU Classic TBA Eastern National Pembroke Classic Livingstone Classic ClAA Duals UNC-Chapel Hill Appalachian N.C. State Appalachian Carson Newman Litjerty Citadel (Tri) Wilkes CommJ Elizabeth City Campbell Mid-South (Carson Newman) Livingstone Davidson Gardner Webb Pembroke Slate Carson Newn^an ClAA TBA HOME Norfolk, Va. Pembroke, N.C. Salist>ury. N.C. TBA HOME Boone, N.C. Raleigh, N.C. HOME HOME Lynchburg, Va. Charleston, B.C. HOME HOME Jefferson City, Terwi. Salisbury, N.C. HOME Boiling Springs, N.C. Pembfoke, N.C. Jefferson City, Tenn. Salisbury, N.C. NCAA Diviston II Natk>nals

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