VYPE: How did you get into wrestling?
Payton Thomas: My dad has been my coach since I started wrestling at eight years old.
VYPE: What are your personal goals for the year?
PT: To win state and nationals.
VYPE: What is your favorite athletic memory?
PT: Just hanging out with the guys that I grew up with.
VYPE: Along with wrestling, what other activities or sports are you involved in?
PT: National Honor Society, FFA, hunting and fishing.
VYPE: Which teammate has left the biggest impression on you? Why?
PT: All of my teammates have left an impression on my life and my wrestling.
VYPE: How have you used sport to impact your school and/or community?
PT: I have used my wrestling to slingshot me into a leadership role.
VYPE: Who is your favorite teacher (from any year) and why?
PT: My favorite teacher would have to be my coach, Robert Washington.
VYPE: You can pick any place for a summer vacation. Where do you go and who do you take with you?
PT: I would like to take my team to the beaches of Florida.