Athlete of the Month: Aaron Oh

With a plethora of extracurricular activities and a rigorous schedule, senior Aaron Oh seems to be a jack of all trades.

He began his remarkable journey in the summer before freshman year when he decided to lose weight and challenge himself. Now Oh is the captain of Diamond Bar’s varsity wrestling team.

“I have always heard that wrestling is the hardest sport on campus. I just wanted to have a challenge,” Oh said.

Competing in the 160-pound weight division, the captain has been on varsity since sophomore year, a feat that few have emulated. In addition to this achievement, Oh qualified for CIF the past two years.

Though Oh has had many achievements, one of his most memorable ones is a home match against Walnut last year. Oh had successfully pinned and defeated the captain of Walnut, an opponent he had previously lost to.

Outside of wrestling, Oh balances a hectic schedule filled with five AP classes. By the end of his senior year, Oh will have completed a total of 12 AP courses. In addition, he is involved in school clubs such as Class Committee, Habitat for Humanity, and the Kababayan Club.

Despite the heavy workload, Oh managed to maintain an impressive 4.0 GPA.

“It’s not easy but for me, I use wrestling more as like an escape, like a channel, like a way to relieve pressure from school,” the captain stated. “When school puts too much pressure on me, I use wrestling as a means to release all my stress so that’s why I’m able to work so well.”

The sport also requires discipline, which includes giving up social time and certain foods, even during the holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, the prime time for wrestling season.

“Wrestling has definitely taught me a lot about sacrifice and self-control,” the senior commented.

Oh’s goals for the near future is to lead the team to CIF and, hopefully, masters and state. His primary goal, however, is to be accepted to Stanford University, where he would like to major in Biology for pre-med.

“Collegiate wrestling is not my main focus, but I wouldn’t mind taking wrestling as a club sport or possibly a varsity sport in college,” Oh said.