The Valpo Core Reader


Kevin Kiefer

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Narrative Essay

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The class was filled with thirty wrestlers sitting on top of the desks joking and talking to one another. We all looked forward to meeting our new coach. The door opened and a hush fell over the room. In walked a mountain of a man. He looked about 6'3" and had to be pushing 230 pounds, all of which was muscle. He needed no introduction--we all knew who he was and what he would do for us. "As I understand, only two people from your school have ever qualified for state. Last year I coached four men who qualified for state, two of them became state champions. Those men succeeded because they were hungry to win."