Tonawanda News — “My brother is definitely the biggest influence on me. He always motivates me to go out there. He always uses the word ‘punish’ my opponents,” McGowan said with a smile. “When I was in seventh and eighth grade and he wrested here, he was always a very good motivator and the biggest influence on me.”
Dubbed “The Machine” by the Bulldogs’ coaching staff, McGowan is as focused and driven as anyone Coach Joe Korniczky has ever worked with.
“He’s been wrestling long enough to where he has the experience to figure out what he has to do at what point in a match,” Korniczky said. “You can see him looking up at the clock. When he has to pick up the pace you can see him pushing the other guy harder. He definitely has a plan out there.”
With another two full seasons left in his career, McGowan is focused on qualifying for and hopefully placing at states. Beyond Kenmore East, he knows that whatever the future holds — be it college wrestling or pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor — it will take hard work and dedication.
That, perhaps more than anything, is what the journey to 100 wins has taught McGowan. That he has what it takes to accomplish anything.
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