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.
|St. Louis - LP: K. Siegrist||6||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Grimm||7|
|Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle||4||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - WP: H. Kuroda||6|
|Arizona - LP: W. Miley||5||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: K. Kendrick||9|
|Washington - WP: T. Roark||4||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - LP: A. Simon||1|
|Boston - LP: J. Tazawa||4||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: D. Price||6|
|San Diego - WP: J. Hahn||5||FINAL|
|Atlanta - LP: A. Wood||2|
|Oakland - LP: J. Hammel||1||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: J. Williams||4|
|NY Mets - WP: C. Torres||3||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: F. Rodriguez||2|
|Miami - WP: B. Hand||2||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: D. Keuchel||0|
|Chicago WSox - WP: J. Danks||9||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: K. Correia||5|
|Cleveland - LP: C. Carrasco||4||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: K. Herrera||6|
|Pittsburgh - LP: C. Morton||1||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: B. Anderson||8|
|Detroit - LP: D. Smyly||1||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: M. Morin||2|
|Baltimore - WP: D. O`Day||2||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: C. Furbush||1|
|Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke||8||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: T. Lincecum||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|