Brandon Feix is a walking example that an athlete doesn't have be big as house to be successful.
Feix has been on of Fort Mill High School's top wrestlers for three seasons, winning the Class AAAA state championship at 103 pounds as a freshman and getting his second crown this year at 125 pounds.
Next year he'll wrestle at Newberry College. Feix signed his National Letter of Intent last Wednesday afternoon.
"They want me at 125 pounds, just like now,'' said Feix, the son of Rodney and Carol Feix. "I talked to three other schools, but Newberry came after me hard and got my interest.
"They have one of the top NAIA programs in the country. At least half of the team is in-state wrestlers. The others are from other parts of the country.''
Although his first state championship came in a match Feix said he'll remember most, this year's was pretty darn special.
Feix missed his junior season with an injured shoulder. He watched from the Yellow Jacket's bench and made a game plan.
He wanted to come back strong and let people know they shouldn't forget him.
He carried through. Feix finished with a 48-0 record, including two wins at the North-South All-Star Tournament.
There, he beat a two-time champion from Georgia and a three-time champ from South Carolina's West Oak High School.
From there, Feix went to the National High School Finals in Virginia Beach,
Va. He didn't win his weight class, but beat state champions from Kansas,
West Virginia and Michigan.
"That tournament showed me I have room to grow and the things I need to improve on,'' Feix said. "But I've wrestled some good people here in South Carolina. Coach (Chris) Brock and our staff have helped me be the wrestler I want to be. I couldn't imagine wrestling for anyone else.''
His freshman season, Feix stepped in against Hillcrest's Zack Moore in the state title match. Moore had beaten Feix earlier, so Feix knew what he had to do.
"I beat him 6-0,'' Feix said. "I was up by that score going into the final round and held him off. The ref raised my hand and as soon as he let it go, I ran across the mat and jumped into coach Brock's arms.''
Feix ended up with a 141-15 career record. And now that the bug has completely taken hold, he wants wrestling to be his career.
"After I win my Olympic gold medal, I want to coach and develop more gold medal wrestlers,'' Feix said.