Brewer has turned the unique trait into a source of motivation. Not only does he use it to better himself on the wrestling mat, but in life.
“I think it helped me adapt and become a bigger person,” he said. “It’s like a part of me. It’s kind of like a trademark. I’m Deven Brewer, the kid from Westmoore with the big cheek.”
These days Brewer is earning more of a name for himself through his wrestling. Just a freshman, he has been one of the Jags most dependable grapplers.
Heading into last week, the 145-pounder had put together a 13-2 record. Both losses came at the annual Geary tournament.
“He has stepped in as a freshman and done some really good things,” Westmoore assistant Jimmy Filippo said. “He had one bad tournament at Geary and didn’t place there. But when we went to Louisiana, he was the outstanding wrestler in the lower weights.”
Brewer has continued to wrestle junior high matches, a classification that includes seventh, eighth and ninth graders.
“I actually like it,” Brewer said. “It’s a challenge and it helps me keep my weight down … It’s a good thing.”
With Westmoore winning its district duals, Brewer and his teammates are headed to Dual State on Feb. 9. The conventional state tournament arrives two weeks later. Brewer plans to make regular appearances there for the rest of his high school career.
“I want my sophomore year to be my last year I get beat,” he said. “I want to go undefeated my junior and senior years and be a three- or four-time state champion. Then go off to college and just have a good time.”
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