WESTFIELD, NJ — Saturday night, Westfield High School varsity wrestler Luke Hoerle took home the Region IV title in the 113 pound weight class.
“Winning the region was a big milestone in my career,” the sophomore said. “I went into the tournament with something to prove, so being able to come out on top means a lot to me.”
This week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week said he began wrestling when he was 5 years old after watching his brothers compete. He fell in love with the one-on-one aspect of wrestling and the strategy that goes into it.
“Wrestling is just you versus your opponent,” Hoerle said, “so being the only one that is able to control the outcome of the match can be nerve-racking at times, but is also what makes wrestling so special.”
Head Coach Glen Kurz recognized Hoerle’s hard work at every practice.
“Luke has an outstanding work ethic,” Kurz said. “He has been a leader by example from the moment he walked into our room as freshman. He uses his practice time to improve and seeks out additional opportunities to make himself better.”
Kurz has high expectations for Hoerle and the rest of this talented sophomore class.
“He’s an important part of a really strong sophomore class, the best class of kids I’ve had in my 20 years here,” Kurz said. “When this team finally wins a sectional or group title, he will have a lot to do with it.”
Hoerle said his biggest inspiration is Arsen Fadzayev, a talented wrestler who is both a world champion and Olympian. Hoerle admires him for his approach when it comes to wrestling.
“He brings a very simplistic style to the sport, but with this simple style he still wins virtually everything he competes in,” Hoerle said. “It just shows that you don’t have to be the most complex and fancy type of wrestler to win.”
One thing that few people know about Hoerle is his love for football, specifically the NFL.
“l follow the NFL all throughout the year and I love fantasy football,” Hoerle said. “Many wouldn’t really see me as the football kind of guy but it’s really one of my main interests.”
This weekend, Hoerle will continue on to the championship tournament in Atlantic City.
“Making it to Atlantic City has always been a dream of mine, so seeing that dream become a reality is an awesome feeling,” Hoerle said. “But I still need to go out there with something to prove. I’m just trying to beat whoever is in front of me.”
This is only the beginning for Hoerle, who has set big goals for the rest of his wrestling career.
“My goal is to become a state champion one day,” Hoerle said, “but most importantly get down to Toms River with the team and win that sectional title.”
Sam Stravach is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.
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