Gold-medal Olympic wrestler Cejudo to speak in GJ

Henry Cejudo of the United States celebrates his gold medal in 55kg wrestling with a victory over Tomohiro Matsunaga of Japan on Tuesday, August 19, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. 
Photo special to the Sentinel (Mark Reis/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT)

If you’re looking for someone to inspire young athletes, why not look to the best?

That was Bud Glover’s thinking behind bringing Olympic gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo to Grand Junction.

Cejudo, who won two Class 5A state championships at Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, will be at Grand Junction High School on Nov. 29.

He will speak beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium about his experiences winning a gold medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Glover remembered Cejudo from his two years at Coronado, where he won the state 119-pound title in 2005 and the 125-pound state championship in ’06.

“I just remember his cat-like quickness and the skill level he had, the total technique,” Glover said

During the two years he wrestled for Coronado, Cejudo trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and was home-schooled.

“He skipped college because he was ready to go (compete internationally),” Glover said.

The 21-year-old Cejudo won the 55-kilogram (121 pounds) title in Beijing in August.

“I told him I wanted him to talk about his Olympic experience,” Glover said. “What did it take as a high
school kid to get there — your training, your regimen, how do you drill?

“I want him to motivate kids. I thought, what an opportunity for the kids to get to see what it’s all about.”

The visit is open to any wrestler on the Western Slope. After Cejudo’s talk and autograph session,
Glover will conduct a scrimmage in the Grand Junction gym, open to any high school wrestler.

The cost of the speech and autograph session is $5 per person. Coaches who bring their wrestlers will be admitted free. The public is also welcome to attend.


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