Meewusen's transition from the gridiron to the mat

Published: Feb. 5, 2020 at 9:30 PM CST
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Bay Port senior Max Meeuwsen is committed to play football at the Naval Academy. However, he's found benefits in wrestling for the Pirates. A team activity he only joined because of a friend.

"I was on the Freshman B team for basketball and I knew I wasn't going to make JV," Meeuwsen said. "So, one of my buddies was like come out and wrestle."

After a week, the coaches saw Meeuwsen's potential and the rest is history. After starting his sophomore year, Meeuwsen won a state title his junior year.

Head coach Brad Shefchik explained this doesn't happen a lot.

"We knew he was special and he brought a work ethic that couldn't be matched," Shefchik said. "He was eager to learn and ask tons of questions, never backed away from a challenge."

Meeuwsen won his 100th match in the Pulaski Invitational last weekend. An event with opportunity to fine-tune before the real fun starts.

"Just having good practice, matches ahead of just good knowing i'll be ready."