Life-sized replica a tribute to Munoz

Posted 3/1/16

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Walker Valley High School’s first-ever Outstanding Wrestler recently received a unique gift — a life-size cutout replica of himself.

Joseph Munoz, a Walker Valley …

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Life-sized replica a tribute to Munoz

Walker Valley High School’s Joseph Munoz, right, the Mustangs’ first-ever Outstanding Wrestler at the Tennessee State Wrestling Championships in Franklin, recently received a life-sized cutout replica of himself from the Allan Jones Foundation. Munoz is pictured with Walker Valley head coach Al Morris.
Walker Valley High School’s Joseph Munoz, right, the Mustangs’ first-ever Outstanding Wrestler at the Tennessee State Wrestling Championships in Franklin, recently received a life-sized cutout replica of himself from the Allan Jones Foundation. Munoz is pictured with Walker Valley head coach Al Morris.
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Walker Valley High School’s first-ever Outstanding Wrestler recently received a unique gift — a life-size cutout replica of himself.

Joseph Munoz, a Walker Valley senior, made headlines in February at the TSSAA state wrestling championships in Franklin.

Munoz battled another great local wrestler — Cleveland High School’s Colton Landers — in the 132-pound championship match and earned the titles of 2016 TSSAA State Champion and Outstanding Wrestler.

He fought to a 9-5 decision over Landers, who earned the second-place medal. Landers was a dominant presence all season long and is regarded as one of Tennessee’s best wrestlers.

The Allan Jones Foundation honored the Munoz accomplishment by presenting him with a life-size replica customized so that it mirrors his exact height — 5-foot-8.

Al Morris, the Walker Valley Wrestling Coach, said Munoz deserves the acclaim.

“Joe is an incredibly hard worker and never cuts corners,” said Morris. “His focus is always on winning and doing things the right way and we couldn’t be prouder that he is our first-ever Outstanding Wrestler.”

Munoz says he has yet to make a final decision on where he will attend college after graduation, but he aims to continue wrestling and working hard.

“Walker Valley is a great school and I am excited that whenever anyone looks back to see who was the first Outstanding Wrestler they will see my name,” he said. “There will be others after me but I’m glad I could start the tradition.”

The Allan Jones Foundation has a long tradition of supporting athletes from all three local high schools. Toby Pendergrass, director of the foundation, said Munoz exemplifies all of the characteristics that make a future leader.

“Joe is what we look for in an athlete,” said Pendergrass. “He has an incredible work ethic and a strong sense of values. Anyone who meets him is impressed and that he has a great future ahead of him. There is no limit to what he can accomplish.”

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