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MSR Rule: "Don't Be Afraid to Try Something New"

By Sean Jensen, 05/16/17, 10:00AM CDT

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CHARLES TILLMAN DECIDES TO TRY OUT FOR THE WRESTLING TEAM

Chapter 16: And In This Corner!

Charles Tillman loves to watch the World Wrestling Federation, which now goes by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He and his brother love the nicknames: Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Ric "The Nature Boy" Flair, "Junkyard Dog," and Jake "The Snake" Roberts, among others.

The Tillman brothers have nicknames. Charles is "Peanut," and Donald is "Duck."

The boys often wrestle. And while Duck is older, bigger and stronger, he cannot pin Peanut. In sixth grade, Peanut accepts a friend's invitation to try out for the wrestling team. 

Peanut lost his first match, and he needed time to learn the rules and techniques.

Peanut had to earn his spot to compete against other schools. In his third match, he pinned an opponent in just 10 seconds!

The other boy cried. Peanut didn’t make fun of the boy because he knew how difficult it was to lose.

Peanut worked hard, and he finished the season as his district's best in his weight class!   

This is not the actual text from the chapter but rather an abridged version. 



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About the Author

Sean Jensen was born in South Korea, but he was raised in California, Massachusetts and Virginia, mostly on or near military bases. Given his unique background, he's always been drawn to storytelling, a skill he developed at Northwestern University and crafted for the last 16 years, almost exclusively covering the NFL. He's earned distinctions from the Illinois Associated Press, Minnesota Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, Pro Football Writers of America and Associated Press Sports Editors. In 2006, he received a special achievement award from the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 2014, along with BroadStreet Publishing, he created The Middle School Rules children’s book series, which tells the inspirational childhood stories of famous athletes such as Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman, Skylar Diggins and Jamaal Charles. He is a passionate author, speaker and content creator, working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and YMCA. Sean lives in a Minneapolis suburb with his wife, two children and dog.