Recent graduate Noah Segura '22 has committed to wrestle at Minot State University. The Friars' 145Iber shared, "I chose Minot State University because I felt they provided me with many opportunities that were in the best interest of my athletic and academic career. I look forward to a great education, superior athletics, and my internship with the local fire department."
Segura went on to say, "What attracted me the most about the school is the fact that I will be surrounded by a group of like-minded individuals, who all have one thing in common; to be great. When you have an athletic team like that, it felt impossible to pass up on what feels like the greatest opportunity. I want to join something that will lead to greatness."
A three-year varsity letterman for the Fight'n Friars, Segura earned All-Trinity League accolades both his junior and senior year before going on to finish as CIF Runner-Up in 2022 and earn a spot at the CIF Masters Meet. He also helped lead his team to a Trinity League Championship in 2021 and a CIF-SS Dual Meet Runner-Up title this winter. In addition, the Friars' team captain was an OC All-Star.
Head Coach Alan Clinton shared, "Noah has worked incredibly hard to get to where he is today and earn an opportunity to compete at the next level. He has been diligent in getting the job done off the mat to allow him the ability to succeed on the mat as well. We look forward to seeing him represent the Fight'n Friars in North Dakota and know with his work ethic and determination, he has all the tools necessary to succeed."
In addition to wrestling, Segura was also involved with the Sports Med Club at Servite and volunteered as a student coach with Team Credo. He is the second wrestler from the senior class to announce his college decision joining Ethan Grimminger who is headed to Duke.
In closing, Segura shared special messages of gratitude for his family and coaches saying, "To my Mother, Thank you for always being there for me when I needed you, always by my side, recording my matches, cheering me on, taking me to those long practices, and leaving work just to be at tournaments with me. When you couldn't make it to some of those tournaments that were too far, you made sure to call every night and asked how I did and if I was okay. Thank you for everything you've done, I will be forever grateful for what you have sacrificed for me! To my Father, Thank you for introducing the sport of wrestling into my life. Although I initially hated the sport, I learned to love it. Without you, I would have quit the sport long ago. You taught me how never to give up and to always push through no matter how bad things got. You taught me not to grieve over a loss but to learn from it. To look back and see what you need to change, in order to grow. Without you, I won't be where I am today."
He continued, "Coach Clinton, there was one thing that you told me that I still hold with me greatly. You told me to Be An Artist, to flow like a brush on canvas so that every time I leave the mat I know I left a masterpiece. Ever since you told me that, everything changed. It reminds me of Vincent Van Gogh, a man who dedicated his life to his art, and he lost his mind in the process. I have dedicated so much to this sport, the countless hours, the pain, the blood, I will continue down this path and give it my everything. Every time I step on the mat I remember what you said. To Coach Okada, I don't know where to start. From the grueling practices that would push me to the edge, to having spaghetti night with your family. You are more than just a coach to me, you are someone that I can call a friend."