Six-year-old wrestler from Niagara Falls is a national champion

Posted at 9:06 AM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-13 09:06:40-04

A six-year-old from Niagara Falls has made the wrestling mat his second home.

Before he could tie his shoes or ride a bike without training wheels, Ely-Jah Maye was on the mat doing what he loves at the age of three.

Ely-Jah recently went to Battle Creek, Michigan where the 60-pounder walked away with a national wrestling championship.

But the rewards don't come without putting in the time and hard work.

"They practice three days a week, two hours a night," Ely-Jah's mother Erin Brennan said. "He's a natural at it. That's his passion. He absolutely loves it."

The little champion wrestler competes with a team out of Niagara Wheatfield and Erin says it has molded him into the boy he is.

"It teaches him so much responsibility and for six-years-old I think just his whole attitude and demeanor is amazing and I truly believe it's from wrestling."

Ely-Jah says he hopes to one day compete as a professional. Even though it's early in his career, he has already mastered the art of sportsmanship.

"If you don't win a match, don't throw a temper tantrum."