Discipline and perseverance are two words that might best describe high school wrestlers. Those adjectives are just two ways to describe Bourne native and Sandwich High School senior Paul Cody.
The senior chose to attend Sandwich High School over Bourne High School as a freshman because the Blue Knights offered wrestling—a sport he began competing in back when he was just a 5th grader.
But, according to Cody, he’s been involved in grappling sports—and only grappling sports—since he was seven years old. With experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, judo and submission grappling, transitioning to wrestling at the high school level was a no-brainer. Even if that means withstanding the grueling wrestling practices and the commitment to weight control.
“I don’t participate in other types of organized sports than the ones I’ve mentioned,” Cody said.
“I try to concentrate on just grappling-type sports, weightlifting and conditioning.”
Cody came in right away and began showing his potential to head coach Jerome Fay. He’s been a two-year captain for the program while he earned Atlantic Coast League all-star nominations for the last three years and will be a shoe-in for his senior season.
On top of earning the Dave Husson Sportsmanship Award, speaking to the teenager’s character, he’s also been recognized as one of the top wrestlers in the state for his weight class. He was the 2018 South Sectional champion before taking fifth overall in the state of Massachusetts as a junior.
During the off-season, Cody works on his technique, most recently with the Dungeon Training Center in Hanover and previously with the Riptide Wrestling Club and Plymouth Youth Wrestling.
With the discipline, commitment and character-building that comes with the sport, the senior is going to be continuing those traits after graduation. Cody has already enlisted to join the U.S. Marine Corps and currently trains with the Cape Cod Marines as part of the Delayed Entry Program.
When he’s not on the mat, the Sandwich senior and Bourne native enjoys scuba diving, boating and whitewater river boarding.
What do you love about wrestling? What drew you to the sport and what made you stick with it?
I love the intensity and self-discipline that I get through wrestling. It can be extremely difficult and exhausting; however, it brings a great level of physical fitness and confidence.
What is your favorite pregame warmup music?
I enjoy listening to a variety of hard rock and rap music before my matches.
Who is on your Mount Rushmore of role models?
My parents and my coaches at Sandwich High School would be on my Mount Rushmore of role models because they have all helped me succeed in wrestling and setting personal goals.
Do you have any plans after graduation?
I have already enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program. I am scheduled to leave for Parris Island this summer. Once done with my initial enlistment I plan on attending college and working in law enforcement or the corrections field.
What is your favorite school subject?
I don’t really have a favorite subject, but I am looking forward to graduating and starting a new career with the Marines.
What is your greatest high school moment, either athletically or academically?
My greatest high school moment would have to be when I won the South Sectionals during my junior year. That was definitely one of my best moments in high school.
What three people would you invite to a dinner party? What would you serve?
I’d invite General James Mattis of the Marine Corps and [former] secretary of defense, Olympic wrestler and world champion Jordan Burroughs, as well as my grandfather, who died when I was very young. As far as what to serve, I’d let them choose what to eat.
What professional athlete do you most relate to?
I really respect Jordan Burroughs, who was a collegiate wrestling champion and Olympic wrestler. His work ethic on the mat has always impressed me.
You’re stranded on a deserted island and have only a backpack of your most prized possessions. What’s in your backpack?
If I were stuck on a deserted island I think I’d want my phone loaded with some good music, a speaker, some scuba and snorkeling equipment and definitely some sunscreen.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
I would like to especially thank coach Jerome Fay, who has been my head coach for my four seasons at Sandwich High School, and the assistant coaches as well. I would also like to thank all of my teammates and the different coaches I’ve had during the off-season, especially coach Russ Lindsey of the Dungeon Training Center in Hanover, who coached me during the off-season since the 5th grade. I would also like to thank my parents who have always supported me.