Ok, this is a really bad title for this blog and to some (namely: ME), might even be considered in bad taste. So I apologize.
Now, to the point.
As a person who has written some pretty harsh comments on his blog about the administrators, coaches and teachers of Walt Whitman High School and about a former student/star athlete turned armed robber, I am sure many of the Whitman faithful already have their keyboards and pitchforks all fired up to come after me for writing anything about Eren Civan. But please read what I have to write before you come after me.
Eren Civan really deserve a better end to his High School Wrestling career. A 135 -0, 3 time state champion, who was on his way to another undefeated season and 4th state title, deserved better than to be taken out with a knee injury like he suffered.
I have had the good fortune to see Eren wrestle on a few occasions over the past 3 years. There really were none better. Unfortunately, I never got to see him wrestle in a close match. Everyone was a blow out. Did he ever have a close match? I am sure he did, but I just never got to see it.
To become that good at anything and especially wrestling takes a certain mind set and determination. I like what Hopkins said in The Washington Post:
But in the opinion of Dave Hopkins, in his 30th year as coach at Damascus, Civan could still win it — on one leg.
“I’m surprised he hasn’t suggested doing that,” Hopkins said with a laugh. “He’s an amazing competitor.”
Most of us won’t ever be able to understand or comprehend this type of mental attitude. Most of us would not want this type of mental attitude about anything. But for the few who have found a passion for anything that is so strong to drive them to such lengths…..go for it. We all marvel at it and gain enjoyment from your accomplishments.
So Eren is going on to Columbia University where with luck he will be able to continue his wrestling career after a year or so of rehab on his knee. But even if doesn’t ever step on a mat again, he has won so much already.
The respect of others, an opportunity to attend an Ivy League School and the knowledge that if he puts his mind and body to something he can achieve it.
As I said, I really hated to hear about Eren’s injury. You don’t wish something like that on anyone.
Good Luck Eren