Taitn Gray started wrestling for fun when he was four years old. He completed his first full season at age 5, and now, after a lot of hard work, Taitn can proudly say he is second in the state.
The Iowa state wrestling championship divisions are arranged by grade. In K-2nd grade, you don’t have to qualify for a district competition, rather you just enter the state competition. Which Tatin did all three years. During his first year he didn’t place, but during his 2nd and 3rd years (1st and 2nd grade) Taitn placed 4th and then 3rd. Then last year, during 3rd Grade, Taitn qualified for state by competing at a district tournament. At State he didn’t manage to place, but he didn’t give up either. Taitn went home and kept training. After a lot of hard work, he qualified again at districts, finished his season with a 35-5 record, and placed 2nd at State.
Tatin says that wrestling has taught him “when you work hard, it pays off”. He enjoys the friends and the competition that comes with wrestling, and he wants to keep wrestling next year and beyond. He would like to go “as high as [he] can go”.