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7 Minutes with Maverick Wrestler Alejandro Juarez
Alejandro Juarez ďAJĒ wrestles 174 and is a team captain for the Mavericks. He graduated from Arlington Lamar. He is a junior majoring in History with an emphasis on Latin American culture with a double minor in Secondary Education and Spanish. His long term goal is to further his education and earn his masters degree and be a History Professor.
What brought you to UT-Arlington?
The main reason was of my family responsibilities and being from Arlington and knowing that I could receive a quality education here. Second, the wrestling program, I didnít have to give up on my passion for the sport even if I was attending a Texas college. Especially since in my mind UT-Arlington has best opportunities when it comes to competition and travel than any other Texas school.
What are your long term goals in wrestling?
My long term goals are to keep learning and improving my technique and become more competitive every day. Wrestling is ever evolving sport, youíre willingness to adapt and learn is the difference between a good wrestler and a great wrestler. My goal is to become an NCWA All-American. I do plan on coaching wrestling in the future, I expect wrestling to be always part of my life.
What 3 things should fans know about you that they donít?
1. I have a beautiful son named Ethan who will one day hopefully, if he decides to, be kicking butt on the wrestling mat.
2. I am a theater buff!!! I performed in numerous plays and have taken about 6 years worth of acting classes.
3. Iím living a dream right now and hopefully I donít wake up anytime soon.
What do you enjoy most about being at UTA?
I love the learning environment, everyone here is here to learn and to succeed in their education and that is something that I really enjoy.
What are you most looking forward to this upcoming season?
Iím looking forward to getting better, tougher, stronger, and faster. Iím totally excited! Last season was a touch and feel season because it had been a couple years since I've wrestled, but the rust has been knocked off, and Iím ready to step up and get into peopleís faces. I have many goals for this season and I think itís very possible that I can achieve most of them. Iím going to come out hard for seven minutes, non-stop action, push the pace, and at the end I expect my hand to be raised.
How have you improved from last season to this one? What helped that improvement?
Last year I gave away a too many easy points and there were times I was too tentative when it came to getting some of my shoots off. I watched allot of my matches over the summer especially the ones that I lost. Saw what people where targeting and worked on defending more, I also cleaned up some of my technique. I spent a lot of time in the gym getting stronger. Iím much more confident because my increased strength and feel really good about my technique.
What person has had the biggest impact on your wrestling career and why?
I was blessed to have many different coaches impact on my wrestling career. I canít narrow it to just one coach but I would have to say that the most prominent would be my coach's coach C.T. Campbell and Micah Houston. Coach Campbell was my first coach, my freshman and sophomore years in high school. Through him and his coaching staff which included Brent Phorosky, I learned what it meant to be a tough wrestler. He wrestled at the University of Iowa and our practices were In your face Iowa style wrestling. Because of the mental toughness he instilled into me I am able to break through many barriers. Coach Houston and Coach Stephens took over the program my senior year. Coach Houston is a wrestling technician; I credit him for most of my technique. Even today when I stop by to say hello before after practice he has something new to show me.
What is your favorite sport, besides wrestling?
I like to play soccer, but I love to watch the Dallas Mavericks.
Who is your favorite athlete, outside of wrestling?
UFC fighter George St. Pierre.
What advice would you give to an up and coming wrestler?
Become the master of the mundane, overcoming the boredom of repetition and conquering the simplest of techniques, WILL bring success.
UTA vs Texas St12/04/2007
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Mavs Pitch in12/04/2007
|This past Saturday the Maverick wrestling team donated their time to help Sam Houston HS host their 1st HS tournament in many years. Kelin Jackson, 1st year Maverick wrestler and former Sam Houston wrestler, asked the team to pitch in and guys did not hesitate to do so. Initially the Mav....|
Texas-Arlington Team Aims for National Attention02/15/2008
Written by Justin Rains, The Shorthorn staff
Monday, 28 January 2008 10:05 PM
Amidst all the successes of both the men and womenís basketball teams this season, there is a team on campus that has been forgotten but just as successful.
Even though the team has onl....|
Texas-Arlington Announces Schedule08/11/2010
|Arlington, TX -- Head coach Jeff McCall has announced to 2010-11 wrestling schedule. The Mavs will travel to five states over the course of the season, and host a total of four events.
"We are happy with the schedule that we put together for the 2010-11 season," said McCall, "It is chal....|
Ramirez Earns All-American Status04/21/2010
|The Mavs have a nationally-ranked wrestler amongst them, after he and three other Wrestling Club members advanced to the National Collegiate Wrestling Championships in Hampton, Va.
The four men traveled over 1,300 miles to compete against other wrestlers for the coveted title of All-Ame....|
Hill joins Maverick Wrestling Staff08/20/2010
|Hill joins Maverick Wrestling Staff
Arlington, TX.óUniversity of Texas at Arlington Head Wrestling Coach Jeff McCall has announced that Aeron Hill has joined the Mavs staff as an assistant coach. Hill comes to UT-Arlington after an outstanding college career.
ďI am very pleased....|
Larry Aust Memorial Golf Tournament08/31/2010
|The Lone Star Wrestling Association, Coach McCall and UTA wrestling team would like to invite you to the 8th Annual Larry Aust Memorial Golf Tournament. Our golf outing is being held at the Grand Oaks Golf Club, Grand Prairie, October 30, with a 8 AM shotgun start. It will be a day of fu....|
A Great Day for Golf, benefiting UTA wrestling11/01/2010
|For the eighth year in a row, members of the community came together to enjoy a round of golf at the Grand Oaks Country Club, all while raising money for a very important cause.
The Eighth Annual Larry Aust Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, October 30, 2010 with four man scr....|
Mavs Gear up for National Duals01/26/2011
|The seventeenth ranked UT-Arlington wrestlers dive head-first into second-semester action this weekend as the team heads to Georgia to compete in the NCWA National Duals. The exclusive event will pair the Mavs in head-to-head competition against some of the nationís top programs. This ....|
Maverick New Wrestlers Picnic, Oct 1st09/14/2011
Arlington, TX Ė Friends of Maverick wrestling will get an opportunity to meet the 2011-12 squad at the 2nd annual "New Wrestlers Picnic," Saturday, Oct 1st. The grills will fire up at 4 PM & we ask everyone to bring a dish.
The picnic will be held at the Randol Mill Park ....|
7 Minutes with Maverick Wrestler Alejandro Juarez11/22/2011
|Alejandro Juarez ďAJĒ wrestles 174 and is a team captain for the Mavericks. He graduated from Arlington Lamar. He is a junior majoring in History with an emphasis on Latin American culture with a double minor in Secondary Education and Spanish. His long term goal is to further his educat....|