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‘Hard work always pays off.’ Fresno State athlete has found success in wrestling and football

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Fresno State two-sport student athlete Josh Hokit revealed his favorite fast food and how he maintained his weight during wrestling season.
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Fresno State two-sport student athlete Josh Hokit revealed his favorite fast food and how he maintained his weight during wrestling season.

Fresno State junior Josh Hokit, the Bulldogs’ dual-sport standout, almost gave up on wrestling.

Good thing he didn’t: He placed fifth at last month’s NCAA wrestling championships to earn All-American honors.

After finishing up spring football practice, Hokit revealed what pushed him:

“I became obsessed with the sport and everything that came along with that with weight lifting, wrestling, film. I took it all in and that’s all I thought about everyday. That’s what I really wanted to accomplish was be on that podium in March. Hard work always pays off.”

His obsession was a 180-degree turn from earlier thinking he might give up the sport to focus on football. What changed?

“I had a gut feeling” there was more to prove in wrestling, Hokit said.

Hokit went 6-2 in the three-day NCAA Championships as a No. 16 seed to finish the year 27-8.

Hokit is Fresno State’s first wrestling All-American since 2003 and first football player to accomplish the feat since Lorenzo Neal took seventh in 1992.

He did all that just months after playing running back on a Bulldogs team that won the Mountain West championship and the Las Vegas Bowl.

Which is bigger?

“When I’m 5 or 6, I don’t dream of being Mountain West or bowl game champion,” Hokit said. ‘That’s not like one of my goals. My goal was to be on that (NCAA wrestling) podium. I felt like that was a dream come true for me taking fifth in NCAAs.

“Don’t take it the wrong way. To share a Mountain West championship with a hundred other guys, that has its importance, too. That’s really special.”

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.
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