How Roopinder Mahil Overcame Asthma and Became a High School Wrestler

Roopinder Mahil of Centreville HS (Clifton, Virginia) won 90 percent of his matches last season, but first he had to beat asthma.

If you were awake a little past 6:00 a.m. in Clifton, Virginia this summer, you would've spotted Roopinder Mahil hoofing it on the streets with his friends and teammates.

The senior wrestler for Centreville High School started his mornings with a three-mile run, the first of two workouts he did most days. Later on, he'd hit the gym to build strength for the upcoming school year and season—in which he hopes to attract interest from college coaches after winning more than 90 percent of his matches last season. And not long after lifting, he'd head to a rock wall, where he worked part-time as a climbing instructor.


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