A few months ago, Brennan Carey made a big life change

The reigning Class 4 215-pound champion made the move from being an in-school student at Nixa High School to taking virtual classes for the school in southwest Missouri.

About three months ago, he moved to Wisconsin and moved into an apartment with three other wrestlers at the Combat Wrestling Club in Blue River, Wisconsin.

“It was definitely an adjustment doing online school up here and living by myself,” he said. “It’s been in the work for a while but I had to get my parents on board after some details and reassurances. It’s a sacrifice I give up for wrestling and it was definitely tough at first but I realized it is for what is best for me.”

Carey has spent the past few years going to the club to work out in the offseason but now he has a chance to commit to the sport.

Since the move he has competed in the U.S. Open Championship in Las Vegas, placing third in the Greco-Roman 92 kg division.

“He wrestled a little tight early in the tournament and took a loss and he really opened up and dominated,” Nixa coach Dustin Martin said. “His goal was to win it and make the world team but after the loss on the front side, he had to do a little soul searching.”

He lost to Cittadino Tuttle of Minnesota, 7-6, in the quarterfinals but came back to beat him later in the tournament…

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