Henry Cejudo may finally let his guard down.
A champion on the mat from Phoenix Maryvale High School to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Cejudo rarely finds himself in a vulnerable spot.
The 31-year-old will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a distinguished member on Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he will have all of the people who have helped him reach the top – a meteoric rise in the sport to win the gold medal – in attendance.
“I’m not an emotional person,” Cejudo said, “but this day gives me a chance to cry, to tell you, ‘Thank you,’ to say, ‘I’m sorry if I ever hurt you. I’ll get on my knees, because I am here because of you.’
“I have a feeling I’m going to shed a couple of tears. I can feel it now.”