Hamilton wrestler hits career milestone

When senior Shawn Pitsch entered high school, he had two goals for his wrestling career: to win 100 matches, and to win a state championship. Little did he know that he would double the win total he had set for himself.

Pitsch, who broke Andy Cook’s career record for wins at 181, captured his 200th win at team regionals.

Shawn’s 200th victory came in dramatic fashion, as a final round pin of Buchanan’s Bryant Miller not only captured his 200th win, it also boosted Hamilton into the state finals.

Reaching 200 wins for a wrestler is a remarkable feat. According to the MHSAA record books, Shawn is only the 50th wrestler in Michigan history to win such an amount. In addition to the career victories mark, Pitsch also holds the Hamilton record for wins in a season with 56, which he set as a junior.

Shawn says he owes his success to his nine years of wrestling experience. His coach, Mr. Gregg Stoel, agrees.

“[Shawn] is a very smart wrestler, he understands position and pressure,” Coach Stoel said.

While Pitsch’s goal to become a state champion fell short this weekend, he still finishes as one of Hamilton’s most decorated wrestlers of all time. In 2005 he placed third in the 135 pound weight class in division three; last year he finished fifth in the 145 pound weight class.

This summer he participated in the Disney International Wrestling Tournament to prepare himself for this season.

His record going into the state individual finals was 48-0 on the season. He finished in 4th place in Division III at 152 pounds.

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