Mike Pucillo Comes Out: College Wrestling Champion Opens Up About His Sexuality In New Interview
Huffington Post Sports - almost 2 years
Former Ohio State NCAA champion wrestler Mike Pucillo opened up about his sexuality in a new interview with Open Mat's Jason Bryant.
Pucillo, who was a three-time All-American and 2008 NCAA Division I Champion at Ohio State, recalled coming out as gay to his best friend and college teammate, Reece Humphrey, in the interview. According to the magazine, he is now the first openly gay Division I national champion wrestler.
“I’ve always known, I guess,” Pucillo, who came out to his parents and friends just over a year ago, said. He hesitated coming out as an Ohio State competitor: “I wish I was able to be myself seven years ago while still competing in college, but it isn’t until now that I am comfortable with myself to tell my story. I want people to know that you aren’t alone. If I can just help one person get through, then I will be happy.”
The 28-year-old Pucillo, who spent a year as an assistant coach at Ohio State in 2011, added: “I didn’t need to make anyone feel uncomforta
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