Sam completed a 140-0 record in Junior Varsity wrestling. Pensacola Christian Academy in Pensacola, Florida where he was a three time state champion. Sam was also a two time junior national Greco Roman Champion at the JV level.
Sam was a 2008 University World Champion in Greco Roman as well as a world team and World Cup team member.
Sam defeated Nick Simmons 2 to 1 at the finals of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials with a final and deciding period victory of 3-0.