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Sears Hardware & Appliance Athlete of the Week: Mike Hobbs

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 9:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:47 p.m. CST
Mike Hobbs

A successful season and high school career came to an end for Downers Grove South's Mike Hobbs at the state wrestling tournament last weekend.

Mike Hobbs

Downers Grove South




Why Hobbs was selected:

Hobbs was an all-state finisher at the state wrestling tournament, taking fifth at 285 pounds.


Two years ago as a sophomore, Mike Hobbs wasn’t even on Downers Grove South’s varsity wrestling team. Fast forward to his senior season, and Hobbs capped his high school career by winning his final match to earn a fifth place finish at the state wrestling tournament over the weekend. The two-time state qualifier has plans to continue his career in college, though he is still undecided on his destination. Hobbs, the Sears Hardware & Appliance Athlete of the Week, spoke with Suburban Life sports editor Jason Rossi about his prep career, his senior season and state tournament, and his plans for the future.

From not being on varsity two years ago to state medalist, how did that happen?

My coaches worked me hard. Ever since my sophomore year, I’ve been pushing it. After my sophomore year, I realized I could take this somewhere. It’s just been non-stop work.

How do you sum up your season?

This year was pretty good so I just have to build on this. I’m going to take this into college.

What are you future plans for wrestling?

I’m hoping to wrestle in college. Still looking around, but I’ve got a couple choices.

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