One look at Ebrima Njie in the wrestling circle and you can tell that he has a style of his own. From his Mohawk hairstyle to his unorthodox wrestling tactics, Njie has a truly interesting story.

Born in the West African country of Gambia, Ebrima moved to the United States during his early elementary school days. He attended Moss Haven along with many of his LH wrestling teammates.

Njie got involved with wrestling hoping to find a niche in the chaotic halls of Lake Highlands.

“I joined the wrestling team to be part of something at school,” Njie said. “My favorite part of wrestling is just that I am a part of this team.”

Wrestling in the 215-pound weight class, Njie has a style that is very different from that of his opponents. He attributes his upright approach to the Greco-Roman wrestling tournaments he competes in during the summer. Njie took second place in last year’s Greco-Roman state tournament.

“In Greco, you have to stand tall and can’t use your legs to take the person down,” Njie said.

Njie’s teammates understand why he has found success as a wrestler at Lake Highlands.

“Ebrima is a true team player,” senior wrestler Brent Bono said. “He has a very strong work ethic.”

That’s why, despite the mohawk and unusual wrestling style, Njie’s teammates know he isn’t merely trying to draw attention to himself.

“He is a pretty humble person,” senior captain Isaac Grieder said. “Hopefully his success doesn’t go to his head.”

Wildcats coach Pete Grieder also saw Njie’s potential a few years ago and knew that he would be a vital part of the team.

“During his sophomore year he quickly proved to be a competitor on JV that had natural balance and what I call ‘farmer strength,’” Coach Grieder said. “Ebrima has worked hard to get better in the sport of wrestling by going to camps during the spring and summer and wrestled for a club called Dallas Dynamite.”

Although Njie has an atypical approach to wrestling, he has found much success. He’s also found his calling by being a part of the team.

“Ebrima just flat out loves to compete,” Coach Grieder said. “This year, his senior year, we plan on bringing home some state hardware.”

The LH wrestling team competes against Berkner, Pearce and Richardson in a quad meet at 6 p.m. Friday in the small gym.