Drouin's Determination Pushes Him to the Top of the Rankings

Nov. 26, 2008

by Erika Simington

TEMPE, Ariz. - Going above and beyond is nothing new to Arizona State University wrestler Chris Drouin. He does it everyday.

Drouin is a highly touted redshirt sophomore from Temecula, Calif., who continues to make his name known in the world of wrestling.

He attended Chaparral High School and was a two-time state runner-up in wrestling. He also boasts a four-time league champion status along with his two CIF championship titles. With this resume, Drouin was recruited by many universities, but decided on ASU. And, through time, he has and will continue prove to be an asset to the program.

Drouin took his redshirt two seasons ago in order to hone in on his skills and potential as a top competitor. In 2006, he participated in the FILA Junior National Championships and walked away with third place in the 63kg freestyle division.

Redshirt season
Drouin and his coaches decided that it would be best for him to redshirt and gain strength in areas that may have needed some building upon to improve his skill in wrestling.

“My redshirt year was tough. I was in a position where I felt that I had to prove myself so that I could start next year,” Drouin said.

He set forth on the journey to improve his skills and prove that he would excel in the program.

“I trained hard and had few opportunities to show my skills, but I competed at every tournament I could to get myself more exposed to the coaches,” he said.

Drouin’s redshirt season proved beneficial and, as a result, he was rewarded a full-ride scholarship as an athlete at a top university.

He explained that he agreed to come to ASU with the hope of earning a scholarship. “I earned a full ride after my first year and my redshirt year proved to be an opportunity for me in more ways than one,” he said. “That year was tough in many aspects, but it made me tough in the end.”

On the path to stardom
Growing up, Drouin participated in football and raced motorcycles – a completely different stroke from the wrestling arena.

However, his interest in these sports soon waned as his passion for wrestling grew.

“I stopped playing football at a young age because I wanted to win more than my teammates did and I also seemed to have physically stopped growing,” he said.

He decided to focus on a different sport that would harness his physical abilities as well as provide him with the competitive atmosphere he longed for – wrestling.

“I had done well in wrestling my freshman year in high school, so I just decided to stick with it,” he said. “I concentrated on a sport that I loved and could do well in.”

The here and now
What does the future hold in store for Drouin and his teammates? Only time will tell. But, Drouin’s heart and passion remain at the forefront of wrestling team’s determination for winning.

“I want to achieve the high goals that I have set for myself and the team,” Drouin said.

The goals include becoming a national champion, undefeated Pac-10 champion in the 141 lb. weight class as well as help his teammates achieve greatness.

“I want the team as a whole to finish high in the rankings - at least in the Top 4,” he said. “I know we will help each other attain national championship status this year and that drive will continue into the future.”

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