Full Name: Payton Mark Anthony Thomas
Birthday: May 4th, 2004
Wrestling Club: McAlester Youth Wrestling
School: Will Rogers Elementary
Hometown: McAlester Oklahoma
Weight Class: 10 & under: 85 Lbs.
Most significant wins/accomplishments: 2014 Freestyle Oklahoma State Champion; 2014 Tulsa Nationals Champion; All-American Brute Nationals; 2015 USJOC placer
Payton Thomas continues to crush it. Wrestling for McAlester Wrestling Club out of Oklahoma, Payton has been a great addition to the HERO Quest, completing all of his badges without any trouble. Payton loves the sport of wrestling and all that it has taught him on and off the mat. We figure his haircut scares away the majority of his opponents, but this kid has a true ambition to make it to the top, and we look forward to cheering him on as he strives for the big stage!
Why do you enjoy wrestling?
Because of the intensity of the sport!
What is the most important thing wrestling has taught you?
That my hard work will pay off.
What’s your proudest achievement as a wrestler?
Standing on top of the podium.
How do you handle tough defeats?
Get better! Learn from it and move on.
How old were you when you started wrestling?
6 years old baby!
What's the best advice your coach has given you?
If you make good choices then good things will happen.
What is your favorite post-tournament meal or treat?
Steak. Big steak.
Do you have a favorite song that gets you pumped up before a practice or match?
The song Monster by Skillet.
What is your favorite wrestling move?
The double-leg. Gets 'em every time.
Who is your Hero/role model?
My dad. He's always been there for me.
What is your favorite subject in school?
I like math and science the most.
What is your favorite movie?
Gladiator. Russell Crowe is too cool.
Do you play any sports aside from wrestling?
I play football as well!
Do you have any favorite hobbies outside of sports?
I love to hunt, fish, and camp with my family.
What are your goals for this season?
I want to win State and then go to Freestyle Nationals.
What are your goals for your wrestling career?
I want to win an Olympic Gold Medal and hear our National Anthem while standing on top of the podium.