Sam Ancona (’92) – Wrestling
In the winter of 1992, Sam Ancona became Columbus High’s first state champion in wrestling. He went into that championship match with a 32-1 record and he was facing a kid from Lakeland named Ray Lewis – ….. yes, THAT Ray Lewis ….. you know ….. Miami Hurricanes, Baltimore Ravens – arguably one of the best linebackers in the history of the National Football League …
Sam also played football and baseball at Columbus but wrestling was his passion ….. He went on to the University of Virginia where he wrestled for two more years ….
After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Sam attained an MBA from the University of Oregon where he also played on the school’s rugby team that finished second in the country.
In 1998, Sam returned to Miami and began a short boxing career … within two years of picking up the sport, Sam was the Florida Open Gold Gloves champion and rose to be ranked 8th in the United States as a heavyweight …. He fought in the United States Olympic team trials and lost to the eventual heavyweight qualifier in the semifinal.