Miami-born Army specialist representing Team USA in Greco-Roman Wrestling – NBC 6 South Florida
If you don’t know Greco-Roman wrestling, you will know after meeting Alejandro Sancho. The athlete not only qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in this sport, but is also a specialist in the US Army.
“I’m happy to be part of the two biggest teams in the world, Team Army and Team USA,” said SPC Alejandro Sancho.
Specialist Sancho enlisted in the military in 2018 and wrestles as part of the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program. He says his mental and physical training in the military got him to where he is now.
“It helps me become a better soldier and a better athlete. It taught me to mature as a human being and to be a leader,” SPC Sancho said.
The 27-year-old is also proud of his Cuban roots. His family came from the island nation and he was born in Miami.
“I went to South Miami Middle, South Miami Senior High and started wrestling in high school. I fell in love with fighting at a very young age and I always had this dream of becoming an Olympic champion and pursuing it through wrestling,” said SPC Sancho.
Sancho says his boyish hyper energy brought him to the mat and he quickly found his footing in the intense sport of Greco-Roman wrestling.
“My parents told me I had a lot of energy when I was little. It was hard for them to control me because I was bouncing off the walls, so my dad put me in judo around 6 or 5. I loved catching kids and throwing them, so I knew from that day that was what I wanted to do,” Sancho said.
Tokyo will be Sancho’s first Olympics, but he’s no stranger to competition. In 2017 he was the U23 Team Trials World Champion. He also got second place in the 2020 Pan American Olympic qualifiers. Now in 2021 he is ready to finally go to Tokyo.
“It’s always been my dream to be in the Olympics and to go to the Olympics and win since I was a little kid and to have achieved that is an ultimate feeling, a really good feeling,” SPC Sancho said.
After his wrestling career, Sancho hopes to transition into law enforcement. Right now though, his focus is on winning gold for South Florida.
“It’s very prestigious to be part of an Olympic team and I’m very proud to represent my family, friends and my hometown of Miami, Florida,” said SPC Sancho.