A Journey in the Making
Franklin Gomez was born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. In 1991, his father died as a consequence of medical malpractice. As a result, his mother Margarita Matos decided to move to Puerto Rico, along with 7 year old Franklin and her other two sons.
Gomez began wrestling when he was 12 years old, training at Club Sparta in San Juan under his coach Pedro Rojas. After some years of wrestling, at age 16 he moved to New Jersey in pursuit of better academics and wrestling opportunities. There he stayed with a host family, Bill and Diane McGrath, in Hammonton, New Jersey. But things got tough quickly as Franklin was faced with the language barrier as he struggled to learn English. He attended St. Augustine Prep in Richland, New Jersey where he continued to learn English and adjust to American society. Then he moved to Brandon, Florida where the Joyce’s family took him in as one of their own. He attended Brandon High School where he completed his Senior High education while wrestling. He made tremendous gains as he continued sharpening his English as well as his wrestling skills under Russ Cozart.
Again, Gomez moved to wrestle and went after higher education at Michigan State for five years. These five years taught him many things along with wrestling, especially through friendships and different mentors who poured out into his life. He was able to reconnect with his Christian faith as he found out that there had to be a higher purpose in life other than wrestling. After graduation, he moved to Penn State University to train freestyle with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club while pursuing an MBA from Walden University online.
Currently Gomez has completed his MBA and he is still training at the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club in Pennsylvania State University and Club Sparta in Puerto Rico. Over the past four years he has been regularly involved with Penn State Christian Athletics as well as Chi Alpha at Penn State, an Assemblies of God campus ministry.