Instead, staying on the West Coast appealed to Maximov therefore did living with his maternal grandparents whose home is a short drive from the school’s school in Oregon City, Oregon.
It’s going to be a quite simple transition. It’s like a stepping stone really, stated Maximov, who never shied away from contact whether it was on the gridiron, on the mat or in Jiu Jitsu. It was a pretty simple option.
Maximov got a package of financial aid to sign with the Oregon school.
The success of the Cougars and the existence of another Chico High wrestler also helped him with his decision. John Leal, a four-time Masters champ that consisted of 2 under coach Keith Rollins, battled for Clackamas in 2012 as a freshman. Leal won the West Region in his weight class at 157 pounds and was a nationwide qualifier as a freshman.
Maximov and Leal were sparring partners prior to the latter finished a year ago.
As a wrestler, Maximov completed with a 137-37 record at Chico that consisted of a senior season when he was 45-7 as he won his 2nd Northern Section Masters title. He also put in the leading 12 in state as a junior and top 16 in 2012.
He’s a standout as a professional athlete, and he’s a standout as a leader and as a colleague. You actually weren’t get lots of kids like Nick that they just have all the pieces, Rollins stated.
Maximov was selected by Chico High as its leading senior male professional athlete at the Chico Sports Hall of Fame and Senior Athletes Banquet held earlier this month.
In addition to his wrestling achievements, Maximov was an all-section protective end in football.
It’s bittersweet, however really exciting, stated Justin Maximov, Nick s dad. He’s just wrestled for 5 years and three, four months out of a year because he does football and other things. To see exactly what he can accomplish battling 10 months from the year, we’re really excited.
Clackamas is the lone junior college with not only one but five existing or former professional athletes in the USA Wrestling leading 10 for freestyle and Greco for senior level.
Clackamas has been ranked in the top three in the nation the past 5 years before finishing sixth this season. For the 3rd straight year, however, the Cougars were the nationwide double champ and qualified the optimum 10 wrestlers for the championship games. In head coach Josh Rhoden’s 10 seasons, Clackamas has actually had 53 All-Americans and 65 Academic All-Americans, a number that Maximov intends to increase.
He’s still establishing, Rollins said. They truly got a rough diamond.