Haroun (right) with teammate Mark Bills in the wrestling room

There is No “I” in “Teamwork”

“Teamwork is an individual commitment to team effort.” These are my coach’s words. Even though wrestling looks a lot like an individual sport, teamwork is its base, pushing each other through practice and pain and supporting each other during matches.

The season was great. I won a lot of matches, and the ones I lost are the reason I won the next ones. I got second in a tournament and got a medal. A “wrestler”—that’s who I am, and that’s why I’m fighting to enjoy and use every opportunity my exchange year provides me.

—Haroun (YES, Tunisia), hosted by the Spadafora family (UT)