Warner’s Brody Cannon - Cross Wireless Athlete of the Month
It’s always a neat feeling to know you were the very first person to accomplish something. Brody Cannon knows that feeling because last year he was the first wrestler from Warner High School to ever qualify for the state tournament.
“It’s kind of crazy when I think about being the first to qualify,” said the Eagle senior. “I’ve been to state tournaments for little league sports but going on the high school level was just a lot more tense. It was really exciting but I learned that it takes a whole different level of preparation to win at that level so that’s what I’m working towards this year.”
Brody’s coach, Scott Mayfield, is really high on his student athlete.
“He’s our captain and one of the best leaders I’ve worked with. He’s always willing to step up and do anything I ask. I think he’s a lot more self-confident and positive as he goes into his senior season.”
It’s success like Cannon’s that’s helped the Warner wrestling program take off according to Mayfield.
“When I came here three years ago we had just a couple of high school and junior high wrestlers. Now we have over 20 on the high school team, a solid youth program and even our girl’s program is going well. I think the success we’ve had and the ability of our coaches to establish good relationships with the youngsters are the reasons we’ve had such a tremendous growth.”
Cannon also plays on the Eagles football team and has mixed feelings about which sport he likes best.
“I like the team aspect and comradery of football but I like wrestling because you’re on your own and you have no excuses whether you win or lose. I guess just because I’ve played football longer, I like it a little more,” said Cannon.
Brody is moving from the 220-pound to the heavyweight class this year and has been studying a collegiate wrestler to get some pointers.
“I’m going to be a medium size heavyweight so I’ve been watching videos of Kevin Snyder of Ohio State because he’s kind of the same build and I try to pick up on some of his moves.”
As a senior, Cannon is a team leader and says he leads by example but is working to be more vocal this year as he helps bring the younger wrestlers along. Brody thanks his parents for being his main source of motivation because they’re always pushing him to be his best at everything.