Walker goes from rooftop to top of podium

By Matt Levins For The Predicament

Josh Walker

CEDAR RAPIDS — Josh Walker had been to the top before, and he sure enjoyed the view.

Walker, a three-time state wrestling champion for Union High School in Tulsa, Okla., was done with wrestling. After finishing as the national runner-up in NJCAA in both 2015 and 2016, Walker hung up his singlet, unlaced his shoes and walked away to the sport.

Walker went into the roofing business, a venture in which he was thriving. Two years ago, after a yea away from the sport, Walker began to feel empty, like there was something missing from his life, some unfinished business he needed to tend to.

So Walker reached out and found the outstretched hand of Upper Iowa University head coach Heath Grimm, who just happened to be in need of a 133-pounder and was willing to give Walker a second chance.

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