Disclaimer: This is sponsored content. All opinions and views are of Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group and does not reflect the same of KOAA.
Wrestling is a family tradition for Pueblo East wrestler Julian Espinoza.
The junior is currently the best wrestler in the state for his classification's weight class, and he wrestles for a school that is the defending state champion in 4A wrestling.
Espinoza told News5 Photojournalist Carl Winder what wrestling means to him, and how his family and coaches helped drive him to capture his first individual state championship.
Espinoza is wrestling on Friday and Saturday in a regional competition. If he makes it through that, he will have a chance at a state championship starting next Thursday in Denver.
About Athlete of the Week
News5 works to honor the high school Athlete of the Week throughout the school year in our Tuesday evening newscasts. We’re looking for that special teen who is working hard and playing right all while making parents and coaches proud.
Nominate your Athlete of the Week today! See our current and past athletes of the week, click here.