Wrestling champ Joseph walks away to swing at baseball dream

  • Updated: April 1, 2014 - 9:01 PM

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.

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