SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Four years of wrestling wasn’t enough for St. John senior Ian Fuentes, who is planning to continue his career at Hiram College next fall.
The St. John senior and his family gathered to celebrate his announcement at the high school recently in the high school gymnasium.
Fuentes said he did not compete in youth wrestling, but got turned on to the sport as a freshman and stayed with it throughout his high school career.
“It is fun because it show you hard work pays off,”” he said “However much work you put in … (will show how much) you get out of it.”
Fuentes competed in the 113-pound class his first three years of high school and at 120 this year.
Fuentes said he hopes to compete in the 125-pound weight class in college.
Fuentes was a Division III district qualifier at 113 in the 2020-21 season with a third-place finish.
This past season, he finished 17-17 and placed fifth at 120 in the Division III Berkshire sectional tournament. That was one spot away from advancing to the district.
Andy Vogel is the Hiram College wrestling coach, and Fuentes said he is excited to wrestle for the Terriers.
“He is a really nice guy. I think he can help me improve a lot,” Fuentes said.
This past season, the Terriers advanced to their first postseason meet since 1985, and competed in the NCAA Division III Central Regional.
Fuentes said he is planning to study education and would like to coach wrestling at some point in his career. Fuentes, who also enjoys soccer, is looking forward to learning in his classes.