Junior Josh Thomson will take aim at a national title from the 174 lb. weight class for Messiah at this weekend's National Championship.

Junior Josh Thomson will take aim at a national title from the 174 lb. weight class for Messiah at this weekend’s National Championship. (photo by GoMessiah)

Jake English
Student Writer

“The Giant Center is the heart of Pennsylvania wrestling…and I have unfinished business there.”

These words of determination come from junior Messiah wrestler Josh Thomson. Thomson is the third out of four national qualifiers for Messiah’s wrestling team, and will be competing in the 174-lb. weight class for the Division III National Championship at the Giant Center in Hershey on Mar. 13-14.

Thomson has been wrestling since he was five years old because of his older brother’s influence. From wrestling, he gained strong work ethic, discipline, and mental toughness. His passion for the sport is beyond compare.

He comes from Mechanicsburg High School, a school known for having tough wrestlers. In his high school career, Thomson placed fourth in the Pennsylvania State Wrestling Tournament at the Giant Center. This time, he is reaching for much more.

There is no other way to say it: Thomson is a workhorse. The work ethic he found in wrestling has developed into a love for exercise, fitness, and nutrition. He is currently majoring in applied health sciences, and he spends a great deal of his free time reading articles about nutrition and how to improve the body’s performance. Thomson’s hope is to make a career out of this passion as a personal trainer or something in the health field.

Messiah became an option for Thomson after he met Head Coach Bryan Brunk.

“I was not a Christian before I met Coach Brunk. He opened my eyes to Jesus and what a relationship with Him means,” he says.

Josh mentions that Coach Brunk is a father figure to him, and he is very glad to be on the Messiah wrestling team. He has learned what it means to wrestle for God and has come to love his teammates.

“I could ask for a better group of guys to wrestle with.” Thomson adds.

The past two years, Thomson has dominated on the mat at the 184-lb. weight class, earning All-American status by placing third in Division III his freshmen year, and fourth his sophomore year. This year, he has dropped down to the 174-lb. class, and is determined to finish his business by claiming a National Championship in the Giant Center this weekend.

Thomson and the other three Messiah wrestlers featured this week by The Swinging Bridge will be in action at the NCAA National Championships on Mar. 13-14 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

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