“In the mornings, when I used to get up and run with Donald (Cannon) at 5 a.m., this used to be my motivation. It’s a pretty bad motive, but I said, ‘You’re fat; you better keep running.’”
Remedi will compete at Regionals today at Tahlequah. With high hopes for this postseason, Remedi will finally get to see if all that dieting and early-morning conditioning has paid off.
“I’m planning to go to Regionals, place first, and then go to State and place first there, too,” he said.
Remedi added, “I can’t believe Regionals and State are here already.”
After two years at Puterbaugh, Remedi moved up to high school wrestling as a freshman. He wrestled in the 94- and then 110-pound weight classes his first two high school seasons.
“Regionals, I pinned a kid in the first period, and that was pretty much one of my first pins,” Remedi said, though he couldn’t remember if the pin happened during his freshman or sophomore season. “I wish I would’ve taken it more seriously, as I do now, back then.”
Early success didn’t carry over to his junior season, however, as Remedi said he didn’t get along with coach Tommy Rogers. The two argued so much, Remedi said, that Rogers kicked him off the team around the start of 2013.
“I would’ve done a whole lot better this year if I hadn’t been kicked off,” Remedi said. “But I missed a couple December practices, and I didn’t know you could go and apologize.”
Whatever issues he might’ve had with Rogers, Remedi said he’s gotten along much better with new coach Tim Thomas.
“I learned how to set up moves better than anyone else,” Remedi said of one of the things his new coach has taught him. “I actually like taking a shot now.”