Josh Kim is one of the elite grapplers the Golden State has coming back for next season. This past season, he wound up as the state runner-up behind the second-ranked wrestler in the nation Quentin Hovis of Poway. TOM noticed Kim’s wrestling abilities when Kim won his second Freak Show championship by defeating three-time New York place winner Evan Barczak. He will be competing next week at UWW Junior Nationals attempting to gain All-American status after going 3-2 in the Cadet division last year.
TOM: Josh, how did you get involved with the sport of wrestling?
Kim: I started out as a football player and I played my 5th and 6th-grade year. They never gave me a chance on the field and I began to get frustrated. My friend introduced me to his dad’s wrestling club in Norco and that’s when I got hooked into wrestling. I started to go year-round and ever since then, I continued to wrestle nonstop.
TOM: Did you know the 2016-17 season was going to be a great one after defeating Iowa recruit Luke Troy during the regular season?
Kim: Yes, I knew my season was heading the right direction, but at that point, it only meant I had to work harder to keep it up.
TOM: With so many great athletes coming out of Santiago, do you believe you could become one of the best from your school?
Kim: I believe I will be. With all the amazing wrestlers that came out of Santiago in the previous years, it gives me a layout for what I must do to be the best.
TOM: How do you see Santiago doing next year at the Masters Meet and state tournament?
Kim: It’s only going to get better next year if we stay focused and humble as a team.
TOM: Who do you practice with at the Santiago wrestling room and how intense are the matches?
Kim: I have great wrestling partners who always push me, such as Dylan Wallace, Brayden Ray, and Luis Gomez. Wallace always kept me in check with speed and technique, Ray with hand fighting and strength, and Gomez helped me perfect minor fragments in my wrestling.
TOM: How much has Coach Rock San Angelo helped you elevate your wrestling technique?
Kim: Coach Rock was not the epitome of a great technical coach. However, he knew just how to support and deliver the best training I can get and that’s what makes him a great coach.
TOM: Why do you believe competing in the Ivy League is the best option for you?
Kim: Ivy League is the best of both worlds. They are superior in academics and wrestling. I am also interested in the military academies and some private schools.
TOM: How ready are you to compete at UWW Junior Nationals?
Kim: I have kept up my training since State and I wrestle freestyle every year. I believe the transition to freestyle will be easy for me and my continuous training will allow me to compete well in Vegas.
TOM: What are your expectations when you begin competing in college?
Kim: I expect to shock the wrestling world and do great things.
TOM: Best food to eat in the offseason for you?
Kim: Anywhere that offers all you can eat.
TOM: Favorite artist?
Kim: Rick Astley
TOM: Who would you like to thank for all the support they have brought to you?
Kim: First, my one and only God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Each member of my family has done so much for me that has made me the person/wrestler I am today. Also, I would like to thank all my coaches who have done salient hand prints in my wrestling.