To some, what Jordan Joseph did was unthinkable. But to Joseph, it was simply a matter of following a dream.
The St. Michael-Albertville junior won the Class 3A 170-pound state wrestling championship as a sophomore. Then he walked away from wrestling, intent on pursuing his passion for baseball.
“People were kind of shocked. It’s pretty much unheard of in wrestling to win a state championship and then not do it anymore,” Joseph said. “I had a lot of support in St. Michael, but some people in the wrestling community couldn’t understand it.”
Joseph, a shortstop, talked with staff writer Jim Paulsen about trading his singlet for stirrups.
Q: Why give up wrestling?
A: My dream in life, ever since I was little, was to be a professional baseball player. I love everything about baseball.
Q: Was it tough to walk away?
A: It was hard because I love wrestling, too. I started wrestling when I was 3 and baseball shortly after that. I grew up loving them both equally.
Q: Why baseball?
A: I love the atmosphere and how laid back it is. Wrestling can be super-intense sometimes. Baseball is not so much of a constant brawl. I always look forward to it, even practice.
Q: Do you play year-round?
A: Yes. I decided that if I truly wanted to accomplish my goals, I had to put more time into it.
Q: Describe yourself as a baseball player.
|Philadelphia - LP: K. Kendrick||2||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: Z. Wheeler||11|
|Milwaukee - WP: Y. Gallardo||5||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: D. Price||0|
|Arizona - WP: W. Miley||5||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - LP: A. Simon||4|
|Washington - WP: T. Roark||4||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: B. Hand||3|
|Oakland - LP: J. Hammel||1||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: D. Keuchel||8|
|Pittsburgh - LP: J. Wilson||5||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: J. Machi||7|
|LA Angels||3||Top 9th Inning|
|Seattle - LP: F. Hernandez||0||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: C. Kluber||2|
|Chicago WSox||1||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Toronto||6||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Colorado||3||Top 6th Inning|
|NY Yankees||2||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Minnesota||1||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Atlanta - A. Wood||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - Z. Greinke|
|St. Louis - J. Kelly||9:10 PM|
|San Diego - J. Hahn|
|NY Giants||8/3/14 7:00 PM|
|Vancouver FC||0||2nd Half|
|Red Bull New York||0||1st Half 25:00|
|Real Salt Lake||1|
|Winnipeg||7/31/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||8/1/14 6:00 PM|
|Brt Columbia||8/1/14 9:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/2/14 6:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/7/14 7:30 PM|