Athlete of the Week: Colten Herm

Freshman placed 1st at GB United tourney

Contributed photo Colten Herm led Shawano with a first-place finish in the 120-pound weight class at the Green Bay United Scramble on Jan. 6. Herm recorded five pins for the title and led the Hawks to a second-place team finish.

Athlete: Colten Herm

Sport: Wrestling

Weight class: 120 pounds

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Freshman

Colten Herm took the 120-pound title at the Green Bay United Scramble on Jan. 6. The freshman recorded five pins en route to the victory. Herm was the sole first-place finisher for the Hawks and contributed to a second-place finish for the team.

Q Where did your interest in wrestling begin?

A My interest in wrestling started when my younger brother started wrestling. It wasn’t until third grade that I started wrestling. I was raised in a family of awesome wrestlers including my dad and two uncles.

Q What’s your favorite part about wrestling?

A It lets out your frustrations and makes you disciplined.

Q How did it feel taking first in your weight class at the GB United tournament?

A It was a big weight off my shoulder that now I finally accomplished an achievement that I was looking forward to all my life.

Q What do you think contributes to you being a strong wrestler as a freshman?

A Believing in myself, my coaches, teammates and family.

Q What’s your goal for your first season, both personal and for the team?

A My team goal is not giving up on my teammates and all of us having fun. For me, it’s having a winning record as a freshman on varsity and advancing as far as I can in regionals and sectionals.

Q What is your favorite memory so far of Shawano wrestling?

A Taking first place at Green Bay United is the best memory so far.

Q What athlete do you look up to and why?

A Thomas Gilman of the high Iowa Hawkeye wrestling team, my dad, mom, and grandpa.

Q Do you have any pre-match rituals?

A Listen to my music, get zoned out from everybody else and focus on my opponent.

Q Favorite movie and musical artist?

A The “Transformers” ridiculousness and the band Nirvana

Q Do you have a favorite quote or verse?

A “In wrestling you have many opponents, but the toughest opponent is yourself.”