SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Sonja and Nate Stroukoff-Mayse could not be happier for their son Bradley. This family has been residents of Shelby Township since August of 2020. His mom – Sonja is a German Citizen and became a legal resident of the United States in 1990. His Father – Nate – was in the Army – stationed in Germany and at Ft. Hood, TX. They have been married since 1999. His grandparents, Hannelore Nickel, Kurt, and Hannelore Streb, live in Germany outside of Frankfurt and love hearing about his endeavors.
Bradley -who is now seventeen and a student at Utica High School has an incredible passion for wrestling. It all began when his older brother, Michael, met a mixed martial arts expert named Dan Morris who was volunteering at his school. Bradley saw his big brother learning Brazilian jiu jitsu, Japanese sword fighting, and grappling. For several years he trained with Dan as well. But in ninth grade, when Bradley participated in wrestling at CD East high school in Pennsylvania his passion for wrestling took hold of him. In tenth grade Coach Clinton Davis from Utica high school took Bradley under his wing and taught him many skills.
Bradley’s uncle Chris Farah of Royal Oak told him about the Roughneck Wrestling Club in Shelby Township. Ken Snyder, Michael Conflitti, and John Jeffire (also an English teacher at Chippewa Valley high school) are Roughneck’s coaches. John Jeffire went to Sweden in 1978 for a wrestling exchange program and became life-long friends with one of the boys. So, this year the wrestling club Brottarklubben in Västerås, Sweden invited Roughnecks to participate in an international sports exchange from June 27 to July 12 of 2022. This trip included a rigorous training camp with the Swedish team, competitions, and numerous sightseeing and cultural events for thirty wrestlers, coaches, and supporters.
Bradley enthusiastically signed up for the trip, had a wonderful experience, acquired many new skills—and won his match! After a 31-hour trip back home due to flight cancellations, he was immediately off to the Nationals in Fargo, N.C. He is the Greco-Roman State and Freestyle champion of 2021, Greco-Roman State champion of 2022 and placed second in Freestyle this year. However, he is not done with his wrestling goals. With the continued support of his numerous mentors, he is hoping to participate in the Olympics to represent the United States.
Not only does Bradley excel at wrestling but he is also an exemplary student. He carries a 3.87 G.P.A. and hopes to win a scholarship to college.
What a remarkable young man.
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