The vow Moris Marquez made as a youngster is coming to fruition. Having discovered a knack for wrestling, Marquez promised himself that he would work hard every day and be successful on the mat.
Success certainly has come this season as the Kearns junior went undefeated at the Jordan Invitational Duals and took second in the Best of the West Invitational.
The recipe: delivering on his promise that he would work hard every day.
"Personally I feel like if I don't work hard enough, then I'm no good," Marquez said. "I strive to push myself so I can become better at wrestling. … Coach [Fred Falcon] always tells me that this sport is too hard to not want to be good at it, and it really is."
Part of that hard work has come in being an active student of wrestling. Falcon acknowledged that Marquez is not the best wrestler on a talented Cougars squad that could see as many as six placers at state, but he is incredibly teachable. Falcon typically has to explain a concept just once, and Marquez immediately aims to apply what he is taught.
Being a willing learner is how Marquez feels he can most effectively become a great wrestler. To that end, he tries to be humble and regularly picks the brains of his teammates in an attempt to become better.
"Most of the experienced guys, they can think smart on their feet, on the ground. They know the sport inside and out," Marquez said. "They've become just that good, and I want to become that good."
Teammate and co-captain Townes Falcon said Marquez has the traits to become highly successful.
"He's what I call a goer," Townes Falcon said. "He doesn't ever stop. … If come the third round the guy you're wrestling isn't stopping and you're dead tired, that's gonna wear on you."
As hard as Marquez works, Coach Falcon feels he has room to become an even more dedicated wrestler. In addition to still having a lot to learn, Marquez hasn't participated in Kearns' summer program in the past. It is something Falcon said is a necessity if the junior wants to compete for a state championship in the 106-pound division this year or next.
"I have no doubt that Moris has the potential to be a state champion," Falcon said. "It's just if Moris wants to put in that extra time."
If the vow he made as a youngster is any indication, Marquez will do it.