Harker Heights senior Tyler Combs first started wrestling when he was just a toddler.
He moved to Harker Heights from upstate New York at the start of high school, and there he has continued his primary sport. Last year, In his first varsity season, Combs was a state alternate. As Heights prepares to open its season at Ellison on Dec. 12, Combs has his sights set even higher for 2014.
How long have you been wrestling?
I’ve been wrestling since I was about 3 years old. I stopped my eighth grade year because I broke my hand and never got back into it until junior year.
What is that like to have competed in it your entire life?
It was very big in New York. Everybody started young.
How was the transition from New York?
It was a big transition, especially the heat. That was really big on me. Because I’d come down here with winter jackets and pants and then I had to go out and buy whole new outfits.
While most people are having to learn the basics and stuff at that age, you already had that stuff ingrained in you, right?
Yeah, so I can just perfect those moves and then go on to new moves.
What’s it like having to watch your weight, and what’s some of the crazier stuff you’ve had to do to either get up or get down in weight?
One day I had to not eat at all, and then that night I had to go put trash bags on, sweats and then go out and run for an hour or so just to make weight the next day.
How did it feel to get to state as an alternate in your first season?
I felt pretty good about myself. And even though I didn’t get to wrestle at state I still felt pretty good.
What do you try to do to your opponents?
Just the basics. Everybody tries to learn special moves that look cool and fancy, but they mess up and that’s what gets them caught.
Were you expecting to get to wrestle? Where was your mind?
My mind was set towards it, and I think that’s why I didn’t get there — I got too big-headed.
What do you feel like you’re going to have to do this year to improve?
Just think. Don’t get big-headed.