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Gabe BirdClass: Freshman
Previous School: Osceola HS
Hometown: Kissimmee, Fla.
Prep: Graduated from Osceola High School … finished high school career with 208-15 record (93.8 winning percentage) … 50-7 record as a freshman at 135 pounds, placing fourth in the state … posted a 51-4 record at 140 pounds as a sophomore on the way to a fifth-place finish in the state … wrestled at 145 pounds during junior year, finishing with a 52-3 record and third-place honors in the state … finished third at USA Wrestling Junior Nationals in 2008, earning All-America honors in the freestyle event … produced a 55-1 record during senior year and rounded off the season as the state runner-up … also played baseball in high school and was a three-time state qualifier in cross country.
Personal: Son of Jim and Olga Bird … birthday is on Oct. 26 … majoring in nursing at Liberty … older brother, Javier Maldonado, grappled for Tennessee-Chattanooga and was a three-time SoCon Champion and national qualifier.