A star athlete at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, AZ Frye wrestled under Coach Jerry Pickenpaugh and Coach Manny Martinez and earned a collegiate wrestling scholarship at ASU. In college, Frye wrestled five years and had the honor of wrestling under two of the greatest coaches in collegiate sports; four years under Bobby Douglas at Arizona State University (ASU) and one year under Joe Seay at Oklahoma State University (OSU). Bobby Douglas coached Frye from 1984 to the summer of 1988. During that summer, Frye won the Southwestern Regional Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Las Vegas in both the Greco-Roman and Freestyle tournaments. As a member of the Sunkist Wrestling Team, Frye represented the USA in the Concord International Greco-Roman Wrestling Tournament where he finished with a silver medal in the 220-pound weight class. At ASU, Frye was a member of three PAC-10 championship teams as well as the 1988 NCAA wrestling team championship. At OSU he was a member of the 1989 BIG 8 championship team, as well as the 1989 NCAA wrestling team.
Finishing his college years with a major in history, Frye returned to Phoenix to enter the ring as a professional boxer. Unbeknown to his parents, Frye's boxing desire began when he trained and fought for a Golden Gloves boxing tournament in Tucson at the age of 14. (Frye's father, Don Sr, was a Golden Gloves Champion in West Virginia in the 1950's fighting in the 119 pound weight class.) Four months into training, Frye had his first match where he knocked his opponent out in 20 seconds. Frye boxed professionally from 1990-1992.
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