Athlete of the Week: Payton Tawater

The 2016-2017 season was one the Colorado Mesa wrestling sophomore Payton Tawater will never forget. He went 29-8 , but a serious knee injury derailed his plans of becoming a national champion.

"I wanted it so bad last year, but injuries happen and that is where you can either crumble and fall or learn from it and become better,"said Tawater.

So far this season Payton is sporting a perfect 6-0 record on the mat even though he appeared for the first time this season just three weeks ago.

"We knew that we wanted to take it slow with Payton. We were not going to be in any big hurry to hit the opens this fall and so far the plan has worked out,"said CMU head coach Chuck Pipher.

Right now the 157 pounder is ranked fourth in the country in the latest D2 rankings released last week. This time around Tawater is hoping for a different result come March.

"I want to be better. I want to have that national title. I have to have that national title,"said Tawater.

Payton and the Mavericks will be back in action this week hitting the road on Thursday to face Cal Baptist in Riverside, CA .

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