Athlete of the Week

Mike Villavicencio, Gregori High wrestling

Gregori High senior wrestler Mike Villavicencio. Jan. 8, 2017
Gregori High senior wrestler Mike Villavicencio. Jan. 8, 2017 Gregori High

Mike Villavicencio never lost confidence, even as the score grew increasingly in favor of Summerville High’s Devin Conklin.

Trailing 7-3, the Gregori senior turned the tide in the 145-pound final at the Lloyd Engel Tournament with a pair of takedowns from the standing position, delighting a pro-Villavicencio crowd at Escalon High.

With his grandparents, aunts and uncles, and immediate family in the stands, Villavicencio continued his march toward Bakersfield with a gutsy 11-9 victory over Conklin. Villavicencio was named the Outstanding Middleweight.

“It wasn’t the first time I faced that guy, so I knew I could beat him,” said Villavicencio, now 3-0 against Conklin this season. “In my head, I thought ‘Oh, you can do this. I’ve taken this guy out before.’ I also had a lot of family out to watch me, so I didn’t want to disappoint anybody.”

Villavicencio, a world champion jiu-jitsu artist, is 17-3 on the season and seeking a return trip to the CIF State Championship, where he went two-and-out last winter.

Age: 17

Class: Senior

Parents: Mike and Christe Villavicencio

Place of birth: Doctor’s Hospital

Hobby: Jiu-Jitsu

Favorite class: U.S. History

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Rodriguez

Favorite meal: Green enchiladas

Favorite athlete: Josh Koscheck

Favorite superhero: Flash

Favorite app: Snapchat

Favorite emoji: Laughing face

Can’t stop listening to: J. Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive”

3 things you’d want on a desert island: Phone, Wi-Fi, sleep number bed

Finish this sentence: I want to be ... “a role model.”