He just had to go halfway around the world to find out.
After wrapping up a 41-0 sophomore season at Chandler High, Brady earned a spot on the USA Junior World team. The team travelled to Bulgaria to take part in the 14th International Wrestling Tournament hosted by the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation from March 3-14.
“It was the first U.S. team to go to that tournament and the camp that they had,” said Brady. “I didn’t know how it was going to go or what was going to happen.”
What happened is Brady got nine days of international coaching, but he also lost, twice, to two older, bigger wrestlers from Bulgaria and Iran.
“They were between 17 and 19 (years old), if they were truthful about their age,” Brady said. “And they were about 5 kilograms bigger than me.
“But the experience was priceless. Right now, I feel great and if I went back, I think I would win those matches. I’m wrestling 10 times better now than before I went over there.”
That’s hard to imagine if you are one of the 33 wrestlers to face Brady this past season. He had just two matches that would be classified as close calls and cruised to his second state championship. For his efforts, Brady is the East Valley Tribune’s Wrestler of the Year.