Wrestling was something Vu Dinh did for fun in middle school.

After making the varsity team at Lincoln North Star in his sophomore year of high school he said he started taking the sport more seriously. Up until then he had split his athletic pursuits among track, football and wrestling.

Dinh dropped track after his freshman year and football after his sophomore year. “I really like contact, but I couldn’t see myself excelling in football,” shared the 5-foot-2 senior. “I realized I could beat these guys at the varsity level by working out in the summer and getting as much mat time as I could,” Dinh said.

The summer after his sophomore year he discovered Competitive Edge Sports. “I connected with the coaches and got that one-on-one attention,” he said. He also accumulated more mat time off season, competing in Saturday meets.

Nearly .500 last year

Last year his school record was a big improvement (14-15) from the previous year (7-24).

Dinh didn’t get as far as he wanted in accomplishing his goals last year, so he’s been focusing on breaking through mental barriers. This year he aims to qualify for state and to place at state. “My goal is what’s driving me during the off season,” he explained.

He does a mental check daily to make sure he is on track to reach his athletic goals, like eating healthy and giving his all at practices and workouts. Dinh is also working on not beating himself up after a loss but instead learning from it. He shared that the most important thing is to learn from his mistakes, to move on from there and continue to grow from that experience.

Needs to shed weight

Dinh is planning to wrestle at the 120-pound weight class but has about 10 pounds to lose, he said. “I’m a pretty stocky kid in the 120 division.”

Dinh joins a wrestling team of mainly multi-sport athletes. “We have some tough, hardworking guys in the room,” he said.

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