Drew Foster knelt on the mat, his arm raised in victory, his eyes gazing out on crowd at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
Foster had reached the pinnacle of success in wrestling.
Against all odds, Foster proved the naysayers wrong. His 6-4 win over Cornell's Maxwell Dean in the 184-pound championship match at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Saturday was the completion of a journey which began when Foster was four-years old.
The long and winding road had reached its end with a national championship, and it all seemed so surreal. All the miles his parents, Don and Karissa Foster, put on the family vehicles taking him to tournaments and camps. All the countless hours Drew Foster spent lifting weights, running, riding elliptical machines, all the time spent behind closed doors in wrestling rooms while many of his friends and classmates were out playing. All the blood, sweat and tears he poured into a sport he developed a passion for.