Ex-M-S wrestling coach Jim Moxley enters Hall of Fame

By JASON BROWN

Mahomet Citizen sportswriter

M-S senior Hunter Crowley was one of six high school wrestlers chosen for the Ken Gerdes III Leadership Award last week.

Crowley was also awarded the Silver Award for demonstration of extraordinary perseverance through battling adversity. Crowley and teammate Noah Trapp were chosen as All-Academic Wrestlers of the Year.

“His loyalty to the program and coaching staff shows his amazing character and dedication,” M-S coach Rob Ledin said. 

“He is a role model to his peers and aspiring wrestlers. He is also the envy of other programs who wish they had this person on their team.”

The Ken Gerdes III Leadership Award is in the memory of Deb Nason’s son who passed away young.

Ken Gerdes III was a State Champion from Providence Catholic High School.

Each year a committee chooses several wrestlers who have displayed the leadership qualities of Ken and have placed at the state meet.

Mahomet-Seymour has had previous winners of this award, including Brandon Cleary, Cole McCormick, Austin Armetta and Kody Hitchins.

“Hunter is deserving of any honor bestowed upon him,” Ledin said. “He is a man of pride, honor, dedication, desire, and enthusiasm. I have seen it for the past four years and will miss him dearly as he leaves our high school halls.”

Crowley is also a four-time Brent Johnson Ironman Award Recipient, which recognizes a wrestler who has never been tardy or absent to a practice or meet.

In his senior year, Crowley took second place in the Class 2A state meet at the State Farm Center in Champaign.

To reach the state championship match, Crowley pinned his semifinal opponent in 3 minutes, 32 seconds.

Crowley set the season wins record with 53, which surpassed the record previously held by Brett Camden, who had 50.

He finished his high school wrestling career fourth all-time in career wins with 147. 

The 195-pounder increased his record season-pin total to 37, and he finished with a school record 80 career pins.

Crowley improved on his fourth-place state finish from his junior year.

He carries a 4.17 GPA on a 4.0 scale and has received several academic honors in his career, including induction into the National Honor Society, three Mahomet-Seymour High School Academic Letters — soon to be four — and is an Illinois Scholastic Scholar recipient.

Crowley will attend Millikin University in Decatur in the fall.

 

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On Monday, the IHSA notified M-S that it had earned a ‘Do What’s Right! State Final Sportsmanship Banner’ based on the team’s participation at the wrestling state tournament in February.

“Your school has set a high standard for other schools to follow during regular-season and postseason play,” said IHSA executive director Craig Anderson.

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