White Finds Success in Wrestling and ClassroomCato-Meridian senior Hunter White is putting the finishing touches on an already stellar high school wrestling career as he prepares to compete in the Section III Championships.
White had a 34-2 record on the season heading into the Sectional finals, the third consecutive year he’s eclipsed the 30-win plateau. In total, White has racked up more than 150 wins during his high school career. But for White, the number of wins doesn’t outweigh the loses.
“I could be undefeated this season. I have those two loses, but they were really close matches,” said White.
White attributes much of his individual success, and the success of the entire wrestling team, to his coaches. White said when you simply listen to the advice of a coach, things usually work out for the best.
“It’s all about taking what they tell us and applying it. Athletes that don’t succeed are usually the ones that don’t listen,” said White. “You need to be coachable.”
White found similar success on the football field this year, helping guide Cato-Meridian to the 2019 Class C Sectional Championship game. White admitted it was important for him to go out with a bang during his senior year.
“This is the last year I’ll have the chance to play sports with the friends I grew up with. It’s cool to see all of our hard work pay off at the end,” White said. “I still have track this Spring, and I want to make sectionals in that as well.”
For all the success White has found athletically, he has matched that success academically. White is set to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the fall to study software engineering.
“Hunter has persevered through so much, and we’re extremely proud of his success both athletically and academically. And as good of an athlete and student as he is, he’s an even better person,” said Superintendent Dr. Terry Ward.
Athletic Director Davis Scholl said it’s been an honor to watch White grow into a well-rounded individual.
“Hunter has persevered through a lot,” said Scholl. “He has such a passion for sports, and especially for wrestling, but he’s always been extremely humble. He’s just such a good kid.”
White thanked his mother for her willingness to take him to every practice growing up, as well as his aunt and uncle for driving him to out-of-state wrestling camps and tournaments. White also wanted to thank the community for the support he’s received throughout his sports career.
“When you have that support and energy at home games, it’s always such a huge help,” he said.