Three wrestlers from Mizzou will compete for the United States in Russia | Mizzou sports news
“For their age group, these guys are the best in the country, and they’ll use that experience as a stepping stone or stepping stone to opportunities at the next level – the NCAAs, the world team and eventually the Olympics.”
Hawks, who placed fourth, third and second in three practice seasons at Holt High in Wentzville, injured his knee while playing football as a senior and ended up abandoning his last wrestling campaign in high school.
“By the time I was healthy and ready to fight, COVID hit, and everything was shut down,” Hawks said. He returned to action last season as a rookie at Mizzou and finished 5-3 with all three one-point losses.
Competing in May at the UWW Junior Nationals in Covalville, Iowa, Hawks swept his best-of-three streak for the championship, winning 6-5 in the first game and falling in the second.
“This is my first international experience and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” said Hawks. “The training is intense, but it helps that we are here at home in our wrestling hall. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of seeing the different styles and competitors in Russia.
Hawks added: “It should definitely help me get off to a good start in the varsity season, but for now I’m just trying to stay as focused as possible to learn as much as I can from this experience.”