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

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.