PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Andrew Frick (Palo, Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) had always heard wrestling was the hardest sport someone could participate in at the high school level.
But, as a freshman, he didn’t believe it. It didn’t take him long to change his mind.
“Once I did, I believed every word of it,” Frick said. “They work you, physically and mentally, every day.”
Now a junior, Frick said his experience on the mat has helped him become a better linebacker on the football field.
“All of that hard work over the past three years has really helped with my strength and flexibility,” the 6-foot, 205-pound standout said. “That translates onto the football field, makes me a better player.”
Frick qualified for the CIF wrestling championships as a sophomore and would like to get back there again this season. However, his main focus is football.
“There’s something about going out there on Friday nights under the lights, it’s a feeling you really can’t find anywhere else,” Frick said. “Every single game, no matter how many games I’ll play, every single time it’s just an indescribable feeling.”
Wrestling is a vehicle to help him become a prospect that catches the attention of Division I football coaches. So far, he has received some interest from Missouri, Washington State and Arizona.
He hopes the work he does now, combined with solid performances at camps this summer, leads to scholarship offers.
“It’s been nothing too up close and personal yet,” he said. “I want to do as much work as I can in the offseason and, obviously, in the wrestling season, to get stronger and faster and everything that I can possibly do to get as many looks as I can and, hopefully, give the schools that are interested in me the best look.”
Frick is one of three junior standouts at Palo Alto who will receive Division I interest, joining ESPN Watch List member Keller Chryst and receiver Malcolm Davis. All three are working to find success as seniors before moving on to play in college.
“I want to play at the next level,” Frick said. “I want to work really hard to have a good senior season.”