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Athlete Of The Week: Joe Hester, Montrose Wrestling

February 25, 2019
Athlete Of The Week: Joe Hester, Montrose Wrestling

The Montrose senior was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the District 2 Class 2A tournament after winning the 132-pound title. He also tied the school record for career wins with 127.

Family: Father, Michael; mother, Tina; sister, Anastasia.

You had pins of nine seconds in the quarterfinals and 42 seconds in the semifinals to reach the final: I just wanted to go out there and get on and off the mat as quick as possible. Go out, score some points and have some fun. I hit a gator roll on both of them. It was there so I went for it.

What was your strategy going into the final against Lake-Lehman’s Bob Long? I wanted to take it to him for the whole six minutes. Go out and score as many points as I could. I’m familiar with him. I lost to him in the district finals as a freshman, then I wrestled him last year at district duals and beat him, 8-4. So we’ve gone back and forth a little bit.

Describe the reversal you had to take the lead for good in the match: In the third period, I was down, 5-4. About 30 seconds in, I reversed him to make it 6-5. Then I rode him out for the remaining minute and a half.

Reaction to finally winning your first district title: It felt great. something I’ve been working toward for a long time. Trained a long time for it. I was super happy. Got a little emotional.

Then to get named Most Outstanding Wrestler, too: I was super grateful because the coaches vote on that. It was exciting for me to be that.

What does it mean to tie the school record for career wins, set by Mike Cole in 1984? Being the district final, it was a nice match tie the record with. It’s exciting and an honor to be tied with him. Hopefully, I can get another and be the lead winner for Montrose.

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