I sat down with Wood this weekend to find out what his plans are for the future. Since he was forced to quit competing, Wood has taken the role of assistant coach, encouraging his teammates to compete with their every ounce of strength. The experience has also inspired him to consider coaching in the future.
Q: What is the best part about wrestling in your opinion?
A: It's a one-on-one sport. I love the fact that it's just two guys fighting for the right to be the one on top. It's not a sport that has teammates helping you in the battle of competition. It's a beautiful sport, and the family supports you. The family is the wrestling team and coaches. There is no sport that has a closer relationship than wrestling does. It's beautiful in every way.
Q: How did it feel when you were told you couldn't wrestle anymore?
A: I was very upset. Wrestling is a way of life. It's not a sport that just leaves you. It is something that stays with you. You are a competitor, so when you are told you can't anymore you get very upset about. All I wanted to do was wrestle. I understand that there is more than sports in life, but this is a sport that demands so much and gets so little in return. You are connected to the sport in a different way that other athletes do not understand or get to experience.
Q: How have you contributed to the team since you quit competing?
A: I am still apart of the wrestling team on a coaching basis. I help out the team in any way that Coach Smith asks me to. It's simple, I work out, help out, and do whatever is needed to be done to get to perfection.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
A: I see myself working on a PhD in sports psychology to help other athletes. I want to instill in other athletes what I have learned from sports. Sports teach you many important aspects in life. I want to be able to help out in sports in any way since that is all I know.
Q: Do you ever want to coach or try to wrestle again?
A: I do see myself coaching someday. I don't know if it's my time to coach yet, but I know it's in my near future. When I do, I know I will want to put 100 percent into coaching. The same I did in my competing days.