Brandon Green says he is in a good place just over two years after his wrestling career ended because of surgery for a heart issue during his senior year at Paulsboro.
Green, a 2020 graduate, just finished his sophomore year at Virginia Tech. He will participate as a counselor at Paulsboro’s wrestling camp Monday through Wednesday along with Hokie teammate Mekhi Lewis – a national champion and two-time NCAA finalist from Bound Brook – and Virginia Tech coaches Tony Robie and Jared Frayer.
Green won the 170-pound state championship as a junior in 2019 and was the favorite to repeat before several episodes in 2020 caused him to be taken to the hospital, once after needing CPR. An ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) was installed, which will ensure Green lives a normal life but will prevent him from wrestling again.
He had signed a letter of intent to attend Virginia Tech and the school honored it. Green said he is part of the program, attends practices and matches and accompanied the Hokies to the NCAA Championships this past year.
“Everything is good, I haven’t had any problems,” said Green. “I go once a year just to get a check-up.
“Freshman year going through it was hard. First going through it was tough. Coach Robie told me I need to talk to somebody, to get help. I saw a therapist for a little while, and it helped me a little bit, but I don’t go any more. It’s been two years now. Now, it’s normal. I’m just doing my thing.”
Since Green has been back home following the end of the spring semester, he has helped coach in Paulsboro’s midget program. It has helped him stay attached to the sport.
“I help coach the little kids, I can still coach (with the ICD),” said Green. “I don’t know if that’s something I want to get into (full-time), I still don’t know yet. But if it happens, it happens.”
Green is changing his major from property management to finance and is planning a career in business. He may assist former Paulsboro wrestler Sam Morina – the son of coach Paul Morina – with his construction business.
Green says he has appreciated the support he has received from Virginia Tech, which honored his scholarship knowing he would never be able to wrestle for them.
“Robie is a good dude and he’s done a lot for me,” said Green. “Freshman year with what I was going through, they understood and helped me through it. The whole staff, really, are really, really good people.
“It was the best scenario, the best place to be for my situation. The whole staff was perfect and made me feel part of the team.”
The Virginia Tech coaches have come up to New Jersey to assist with the Paulsboro camp for several years now, and Green says it means a lot to be a part of it with his college coaches.
“It’s cool for them to see where I’m from,” said Green.
More information on the camp can be found at paulsborowrestling.net.
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