LAYTON — A former high school wrestling star struck by a chronic disease in adulthood is planning a comeback, this time in mixed martial arts.
Mike Brown started wrestling when he was in the sixth grade. That was the year he also won his first tournament.
After that, he wrestled for Central Davis Junior High School, losing only twice during those three middle school years. At Layton High School, he became a region champion his sophomore year and took third place in state as a senior.
After college, Brown began working in the juvenile justice system and then Wahlquist Junior High School as an academic counselor. He was also given the job as the school’s wrestling coach, in addition to coaching wrestling at Rocky Mountain Junior High School.
Then he got sick. Very sick.