Lucas Byrd on what inspires him to keep going:
"The fans. After I lost my first match at nationals, I was mentally in a bad place before the match, and after that, it just got worse. I wish I could find the guy. I don’t know who he was, but he just kept yelling, "Come back for third, come back for third.” Many people push me, like my girlfriend, my parents and my coaches. But outside of my family, that guy in the stands is someone I wish I could thank. And then, after my DeSanto match, I saw a kid in the stands with his parents, and he gave me a nod, and I gave him a nod back. At that point, I was like “I’m doing it for these guys now.”
"My little brother Santiago passed away when I was 11 years old. He was my only brother. I’m living it every day for him 'cause I know that’s what he would do with his life. Everything I do is for him. I think about him and what life would be like if he was still here. But I think about it positively, so that's what I'm doing every day of my life for him."
Richard Perry summing up his motto on and off the mat:
"Never backed down. I think it’s important to know that I always faced challenges and adversity willingly. I would seek out tough training partners or tough competition; I never dodged an opponent for any reason. I always looked forward to the challenge because I knew it would make me a better wrestler and a better person."
Alex Thomsen reflecting on his record-breaking prep career in Iowa:
"Getting that standing ovation at the state tournament was one of the most surreal moments I've ever had. I never got to slow down in high school but I realized how great fans in Iowa are. I’m really glad Iowa is a wrestling state."