PROVO (News4Utah) – Alan Clegg is not your typical college athlete.
At 38, he’s old enough to be most of his teammates’ father. The former elevator builder decided to become a doctor and while studying Pre-Med at Brigham Young University, also chose to return to his high school sport and joined the BYU Wrestling Team.
“I thought I would give it another shot,” Clegg told News4Utah. “You only live once. Why not?”
His wife Melissa and their six children ranging in age from 12 to 1 were by the mat in Las Vegas when he had his first match in nearly two decades.
“I can’t express to you the nerves,” Clegg said. “It was oh my gosh so nerve wracking I couldn’t stop pacing.”
In 30 seconds, Clegg defeated his 20 year old opponent.
“My wife had never seen me wrestle before. My kids had never seen me wrestle before,” Clegg said. “To show them that Dad can do this. It’s real. I’m really competing against these 18, 19 year old kids and pulled it off. That felt great.”
News4Utah asked Alan what it’s like to wrestle against competitors who are half his age.
“It’s hard. They’re faster, they’re stronger, in better shape,” Clegg said. “I did a tournament a little while ago and after every match I had to ice my knees, ice my arm, ice my hands. I was taped up and people who come up like ‘What’s wrong? You hurt yourself?’ No I just hurt. Everything hurts. I don’t know why. It just swells up and it hurts.”
Recently Alan was one of 15 BYU wrestlers that recently competed in the Collegiate Club National Championships in Texas where they finished 4th.
Alan will keep wrestling while he prepares the MCAT Exam and medical school, the opponents he has to take down to fulfill his dream of becoming an emergency room physician.