As the youngest of eight children, Tracey Levon Green was raised in an active and lively household in Norristown, PA. Tracey’s athletic pursuits began early in life when he started playing basketball at seven years old; he was talented in the sport but found himself wanting to try something new. Contact sports in particular appealed to him, so he played football for five years in middle and high school. This much more enjoyable than basketball, but it was wrestling that became his greatest passion–he started at the age of 13.
To say Tracey wrestled well in high school would be an understatement. He left Methacton High School with an overall record of 138-24, making him the third all-time in wins at the school and the first ever heavyweight to reach 100 wins in MHS history. He beat more than his fair share of high school all-Americans and even a couple of national champions. Some of his achievements include: two-time PIAA State Medalist (4th, 6th), silver and bronze medalist in AAU National Dual Championships, two-time All-American for two consecutive years, two-time regional and district champion, and three-time League Champion. By the time he graduated, he ranked third in the state and 22nd in the nation.
Following his storied career at Methacton High School, Tracey earned a scholarship for wrestling at Mercyhurst Northeast Junior College in Erie, PA. There he found that the hardest part of making the transition from the high school ranks to the college level was just staying injury-free during the season. His list of ailments for the freshman season included injuries to both of his shoulders, knee issues, and a dislocated right hip. Tracey competed mostly in D1 tournaments with the best wrestlers in the nation and placed high in each: “I was beating wrestlers that I wasn’t supposed to beat.” He achieved a record of 25-12 in these competitions and was ranked 11th in the nation in his weight class going into Nationals. One of his favorite aspects of his college wrestling career was all of the traveling. In the course of one year he had been to Ohio, Iowa, and New York and loved every minute of it.
Tracey eventually transferred to York College of Pennsylvania and looks to compete in the fall of 2017. His main goal regarding wrestling is to become the national champion as many times as he can; “That [winning a national title] should be every college wrestler’s goal. I will do anything for that championship.”
The transition to MMA seemed natural for Tracey as he had developed an interest in the sport through following the UFC in high school. His favorite UFC fighters include Jon Jones, Dominic Cruz, Cowboy Cerrone, and Conor McGregor. Tracey’s father, a boxer in his younger days, had Tracey hooked on watching boxing from a young age. Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather, and Andre Ward are among Tracey’s favorite boxers, and he attributes the many hours of watching their footage as part of his smooth transition to stand up.
Pursuit MMA in Norristown has become a second home to Tracey; he quickly saw the benefits of cross training wrestling with kickboxing and MMA. “My balance improved a lot, my body is feeling great with the workouts I’m doing…It’s pretty much keeping me ready for everything—wrestling or fighting.” Tracey’s progress has been swift in the five short months since he started at Pursuit MMA, prompting him to accept two fights within a month of each other. His debut kickboxing fight for USKA is on October 22nd at the Hamburg Fieldhouse, while his debut MMA fight for CFFC will be November 11th at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.
Tracey gives credit to his parents and family for supporting him in his athletic interests. His father offers him not only moral support but extra training in strength and conditioning. “He pushes me harder than any coach. I can stay sharp and stay active during this fight when it gets tough.” Pursuit MMA gets strong praise from Tracey as well: “I couldn’t ask for better coaches. My teammates are very hard workers. We are a small team but it’s better that way because every fighter can get the proper training and attention for their fights.”
When asked about his mindset on his upcoming kickboxing fight, Tracey’s answer is simple and confident: “My mindset is to win. It doesn’t matter if I get a knockout or TKO. I don’t care if it’s by split decision. I’m going out there to win.”
A good attitude to have, especially when backed by the hard work and determination that have brought him this far. Best wishes to Tracey on October 22nd and November 11th!
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