Daniel Shoaf

2021 - Projects at 149/157# // 5'9", 160lbs // 4.53 weighted GPA

Laney High School // Wilmington, NC // djshoaf3@gmail.com

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Personal Statement

Given the late start I got into wrestling, I strongly believe that my best days are ahead of me. I'm confident that I would excel on a college wrestling team because I am always asking questions, looking for ways to get better, and surrounding myself with athletes who share the same goals. My drive to improve is what separates me from other wrestlers - I am always first on and last off of the mat each day.

Academic Info

High School: Laney High School

Weighted GPA: 4.53

Unweighted GPA: 3.95

Class Rank: Top 5%

Preferred Field of Study: Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Athletic History

2019-20 Overall Record: 26-13

Tournaments

2020-2021 Off Season

  • Daystar Duals

  • Tyrant Duals

  • Armageddon

  • The Bear Weekend of Wrestling, 3rd place finish

    • Won 6 straight, outscoring opponents 38-7

  • Super 32

  • Grappler Fall Classic

2019-2020

  • Jerry Daniels Invitational, 1st place finish

  • Matthews-Griffin-Burt Memorial, 3rd place finish

  • WRAL Invitational, 8th place finish

  • Jolly Roger Invitational, 2nd place finish

Accolades

  • Received 2019-20 Coach's Award

  • Received 2017-18 Coach's Award

  • 2019-20 Team Captain

  • 2018-19 Team Captain

Best Position: Neutral

Bench Press: 210

Squat: 275

Deadlift: 375

Wrestling Background

After I began wrestling my freshman year, I soon realized that “working hard” wasn’t enough; that just going to school practices wasn’t enough for me to reach my goal of becoming a state champion. I may have gotten a late start compared to other kids, but this was no deterrent, I was driven and determined to be the best. I quickly became the one asking the most questions, seeking the most help, and trying to take advantage of all possible opportunities to grow.

My ex-teammate, now a Division II wrestler, would wrestle at this local club where the members consisted of mostly state qualifiers, placers, and champions. Afraid at first, but knowing that it was the place I needed to be, I joined the club. Ever since the first practice, I fell in love with the process. Day in and day out I started to get improve until the point where I was teaching others how to perform the drills. Through wrestling state placers, now Division I wrestlers, I gained intensity, focus, and other intangibles that closed the gap with them. Unfortunately, this club shutdown in March. I then sought the next best place to go and found a club about an hour away that was a great fit. Here, at the North Carolina Wrestling Factory, I found experienced and committed wrestlers to train with 3x/week.

Recently, I moved two hours away to Wilmington, NC in order to train under Alan Waters (2X NCAA All-American) and Boomer Boyd (both former collegiate wrestlers for the University of Missouri). This was a big step for me and my family, but I'm excited for the opportunity to train at an elite club. I look forward to competing again soon to get a running start into what I believe will be a very successful senior season!

Training

Currently training at Innovate Wrestling 6x/week

Trained at various clubs in 2020 (NC Wrestling Factory, RAW, Innovate)

Wrestle 4x/week at The Crew (2019-2020)

University of Michigan Wrestling Camp (2019)

Askren Funky Fresh Wrestling Camp (2019)

Coach References

Boomer Boyd

Club Coach (Innovate)

910-508-6272

boomboyd@gmail.com

Casey Gashaw

Club Coach (RAW)

910-318-5523

gashawcasey@gmail.com

Dave Pyper

High School Head Coach (Athens Dr HS)

919-368-1499

dgpyper@wcpss.net

Jay Maroney

Club Coach (Crew)

602-689-9352

jj.maroney134@gmail.com

Contact Info

Daniel Shoaf

djshoaf3@gmail.com

919-532-9768 mobile

Twitter: @danielshoaf_