By Eric Peterson and Zeb Wilson
This winter sports season for the Hawkeyes was full of many memorable moments such as: Grant Wolfram’s dunk, Ashley Overbeek setting the career scoring record, and Ryan Underwood setting a school record in the 200 Free at the State Meet. Here CHS staff writers Zeb Wilson and Eric Peterson will break down what they believe was the highlight of the winter sports season.
Eric- In my opinion, the most memorable moment of this winter sports season, by far, was Logan Welcher getting his 100th win. 100 wins is a huge accomplishment that not very many wrestlers ever achieve. Only thirty-five wrestlers have ever done that in Hamilton Wrestling history. Logan won by pin in a convincing fashion in his match that Saturday morning at Hopkins High School.
Zeb- Every team goes into a season with goals. One common goal, which in many cases is more like a dream, is a state title. Of course that was one of the goals for Hawkeye boys swimming this year. Though the boys swim team didn’t win a state title as a team, they did have an individual champion in Alec Nyboer. To complete the goal, Nyboer had to win the 100 Fly at the state meet in Holland. I believe that has to be the highlight of the winter season, because nothing is bigger than a state championship.
Eric- I agree that a state title is an extremely important achievement, but it is extremely hard to get to 100 wins in four seasons, let alone three. Logan Welcher had only three seasons to gather his 100 wins, because his freshman year he tallied very few wins. The ability to get 100 wins in three seasons is huge, it takes quite an impressive athlete to do that. Both of his brothers, Collin and Brandt, had over 100 wins in their careers. Collin had 159 wins in his four seasons, and Brandt has the second most in Hamilton history with 193. The pressure to follow in his brothers’ footsteps must have been enormous, and he overcame that this year on that Saturday in Hopkins, gaining that elusive 100th win.
Zeb- A 100 win career is very impressive, but nothing beats saying you are the best in the state at what you do. Nyboer was able to prove that, while Welcher fell a little short at the wrestling state finals. Something I find even more impressive about Nyboer’s feat is the fact that he is just a sophomore. It is a true accomplishment to win a state title, and also be all-state in 3 other events, while just being a sophomore. There is no doubt in my mind that the state title was the highlight of the winter sports season.