Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Never Bettered

In the early evening of an Atlantic City Sunday, in the beautiful old barn known as Boardwalk Hall, when history beckoned for Anthony Ashnault of South Plainfield High School he answered the call.  With less than twenty seconds remaining in the Championship match at 138 pounds Ashnault scored a takedown, breaking a 2-2 tie.  Those two points proved to be the margin of his victory over Gary Dinmore of Hunterdon Central.  Ashnault won the match 4-2.  He completed his New Jersey scholastic wrestling with one hundred and seventy victories, four State titles (in four different weight classes) and zero losses.

Ashnault celebrated his win by sprinting up the steps in the arena to find his Mom and Dad,with whom he has shared all of his victories.  He is but a boy - a teenager - and by working hard to hone and develop his innate skill he has already achieved something that may be duplicated but shall never be surpassed.  A remarkable accomplishment.

When it was over Ashnault told reporters that accomplishing what he had just accomplished had never seemed to him to be something extraordinary or unattainable.  It was not a dream.  It was a goal.  He simply set his mind to accomplishing and applied himself to attaining it.

Abraham Lincoln once observed, "Always bear in mind your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing."  I do not know young Mr. Ashnault but I would be willing to wager that he would agree with Honest Abe.  

Decide what to be and go be it.  He did indeed....

-AK

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