Varsity wrestlers confident as they head into individual districts

Logan Welcher pins his opponent earlier this season.

Now that Hamilton has been knocked out of the team playoffs, 14 Hawkeye wrestlers will start their journey at trying to get to state by competing in the districts. The district tournament will be held at Coopersville High school on Saturday, February 9th.

There will be 15 schools there, and the top four wrestlers from each weight class will be going to the regional tournament.

The Hawkeyes have five seniors going to the tournament: Collin Welcher, Zach Ruff, Josh Parkhurst, Chance Smith, Troy Knapp and Cameron Stoel, along with 9 underclassmen.

Teams co-captain Chance Smith thinks that everyone is ready for wrestling on Saturday.

“I think all the other Hamilton wrestlers will do well at individual districts,” Smith said. He also mentioned that he feels a little pressure but not much.  He views it as any other match.

Collin Welcher, who also serves as team captain, finished second in the state last year.  He believes that he and a good amount of the other wrestlers will make it through districts and on to regionals.

“I feel a little pressure wrestling in the last districts of my high school career” Welcher said. “I need to place top 4 or my seasons done.”

The Hawkeyes have three wrestlers that are ranked in the top ten for Division II. Senior Collin Welcher is 2nd at the 119 weight class, junior Logan Welcher is 10th at 125 pounds, and senior Cameron Stoel is 6th at the 189.

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