Loving the Process

Michael Bobola ’22 is leaving it all on the mat as he begins his final high school wrestling season.

Senior wrestler, Michael Bobola, has been a star on the mat since he started competing in the Francis Xavier Division at Xaverian. Wrestling at the varsity level since eighth grade, he earned Catholic Conference All-Star before even hitting high school (which he’s now earned four times over), has three-times been a Division-1 state medalist, placed 3rd in New England, and is a multiple-time National Tournament All-American. Now he’s headed into the final season of his Xaverian career with a new title under his belt. Michael finished 1st in the USA Wrestling Pre-Season Nationals in Iowa this October, competing against a field of 66 wrestlers for his 152-pound weight class. Coming off this big win, Michael says he’s ready for what’s in store for his senior season. 

“I’m excited for my final high school season. My goals are to train to get better each day and win the New England title.” And he’s got a solid shot at earning it, especially with his level of focus and commitment. “I am focused on getting 1% better each day. There is always something to improve - technique, mindset, strength, flexibility, diet. I believe small steps over time add up to big leaps.”

“Wrestling builds character and develops humility,” he says. “Wrestling is life. It teaches you about hardwork and perseverance both on and off the mat. If you work hard and continue to improve at anything, you will get results. Sometimes it is difficult to enjoy the process, but that’s where I’ve grown as a wrestler and person. I am starting to love the process and love the grind.  Everyone loves to win, get their hand raised, and win a national title, but very few are willing to put the extra time in and seek the hard practices and extra workouts.” 

As he enters his final high school season, he’s savoring the moments as they come and planning to leave it all on the mat. “I know it’s going to go by so fast and I only get this chance one more time. I wrestle every match like it’s my last because you never know when your career is going to end. I don’t want any regrets. When I’m done, no matter what the outcome is, I want to know I gave it everything I’ve got.”  
A private, Catholic, college preparatory day school for boys in grades 7-12. The Boston area prep school offers a rigorous academic curriculum, a well-developed campus ministry program focused on faith, character, and leadership, and a proud athletic tradition featuring competitive Division 1 high school athletics in the Catholic Conference.