Taylor Ortiz is who you would call an overall student-athlete. Not only is he successful in the classroom, he's also a three-sport athlete, who participates in the MHS show choir and jazz band, as well as starring in a handful of plays. But when he steps foot on the wrestling mat, he turns into one of the most feared wrestlers in the state.
"Obviously, when you're ranked up higher there's a target on your back," Ortiz said. "But so far this year, for me specifically, I'm undefeated, I'm 12-0, which is something I really enjoy."
Ortiz has become one of the most decorated wrestlers to ever walk through the doors at Morgantown. If he remains undefeated through the season, he has a chance of holding the third-best record in MHS history.
When he found out Alderson-Broaddus was starting a men's wrestling program, he says it was a great chance for him to stay close to home, while competing right away as a freshman.
"With the team being new and all, means I'd be able to start as a freshman, hopefully. But more than that it's exciting to be a part of something that's just happening. So I'm really looking forward to being a part of the program," Ortiz said.
As a role model to the younger guys, he hopes to establish a legacy at MHS for years to come.
"I'm really hoping that I do leave a legacy and I do give an example to the kids," Ortiz added. "They're not too much under me. They're a couple years under me, but it's really important for me that they see somebody who they respect and appreciate."