by Makynlie Rockhold
The 2018 boys wrestling season has been off to a great start this year. Having 9 seniors on the team this year means that they have a good base to help support and lead the team to success. This season the Hawkeyes have been pushing themselves to try to achieve their goals. For many wrestlers, a goal to win 100 matches is often an accomplishment. At this point in the season, seniors Trevor Blood, Jordan Dams, and Wolfgang Hills have all accomplished this by earning their 100th career wins. Getting their 100th win is an amazing achievement alone, but the Hawkeyes aren’t done just yet.
Blood reflected on his 100th career win. He said, “It’s nice to be past that now, and not have to worry about that anymore this year.”
The Hawkeyes took 3rd place in the OK Green Conference meet on February 2 at Zeeland West. On February 8, they took 1st place in the Team District meet at Otsego High School. The Hawkeyes have been pushing themselves harder and harder every day as they prepare for upcoming competition.
The Hawkeyes were successful at the Individual Districts meet on February 10 and will advance 8 wrestlers to the Individual Regional Tournament on Wednesday, February 14th. Representing Hamilton will be Freshman, Andrew DellaVecchia (103 lbs.), Hills (119 lbs.), Senior, Isaac Ingersoll (130 lbs.), Blood (135 lbs.), Dams (145 lbs.), Junior, Jack Doeden (152 lbs.), Junior, Kameron Thurston (152 lbs.), and Senior, Jacob Sterenberg (189 lbs.).
Coach Stoel is proud of how the season is coming along. He said, “I think we’re progressing nicely. We have come through a slump of having a few kids out for injuries and other things that have made things a little bit more difficult recently, but we are now getting back to being healthy and getting everyone ready and back into the lineup. Well I think we’ve done really well. I see better things to come.”
Coach Stoel got his 500th win as a coach last year. He encourages and helps all his wrestlers improve and work harder every day. Ingersoll said, “Coach is always pushing me and trying to make me a better wrestler by teaching me things that I really don’t know right now. He’s always there if I have any problems, questions, or need help about what I need to do.”
With that being said, Coach Stoel has had a tremendous effect on his teams over the years. All that hard work does pay off. As the team approaches the end of the season, they will always remember how their coach pushed them to do the best that they can.