Xavier's JP Segura waits patiently for first varsity wrestling match

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - JP Segura is a foreign exchange student at Cedar Rapids Xavier High School. He attended the school as a freshman, but was never sure if he'd come back again.

"I really thought it was a far away dream," said Segura. "But, I mean, my parents worked hard and I worked hard at school. It all came together and we made it possible."

He played football and wrestling during his freshman year. He was hoping to make new memories in his return as a senior, but he ran into a roadblock.

Under the rules by the Iowa High School Athletic Association, Segura had to sit out 90 school days with the visa he was given before becoming eligible to play.

Since he couldn't participate in any varsity sports during the 90 days, he didn't play a single snap during Xavier's state championship season in football. He still kept his head high by helping on the scout team.

"The team was great about it," he said. "It was hard, but at the end of the day, it was about making those guys better."

The 90-day window officially ended on Wednesday. Then on Thursday, he participated in his first ever varsity wrestling meet as Xavier traveled to Cedar Rapids Washington. He won his match by fall.