Wrestler shows natural talent, upholds high moral


Photo by Dianne St.Amant

Nate Hackman took third at the Christmas tournament at Great Bridge on December 28, 2015.

Stepping onto the mat with a positive attitude and determination to win, senior Nathan Hackmann has shown incredible talent on the wrestling team.

“Nate Hackmann is an amazing high school student and an athlete that everyone should be thankful to have at any time,” said wrestling coach Chris Barnhart. “He’s started for me ever since ninth grade year; he’s done really well.”

Nate has wrestled since sixth grade at Princess Anne Middle School, and continued at Ocean Lakes, making varsity by his freshman year.

“When we’re wrestling and we’re all tired, Nate is consistently always working hard,” said senior Andrew Sorenson. “So that makes us want to work harder.”

In hand with the hard work it takes to be a phenomenal athlete, Nate has gone above and beyond throughout his years of experience and shown a thoughtful character.

“He makes good decisions, he chooses to go the right way, and he works hard at all times,” said Barnhart. “Whether it’s the coaching staff or a peer, he’s honest and willing to help.”

His wrestling experience and his strong, honest demeanor have turned him into a remarkable leader that many look up to.

“I’ve never had to talk to Nate about any type of sportsmanship problem, he naturally makes the right decision, win or lose on or off the mat,” said Barnhart. “He’s a great leader due to his work ethic and his honesty.”

Throughout his adventure, the brotherhood has been the most memorable experience, according to Nate.

“I love the team and camaraderie,” said Nate. “That’s the best part, everyone hanging out with each other.”

Nate is respectful to the team and coaches, and makes a habit of going out of his way to make sure the team is at its best, according to Andrew.

“Nate is a good wrestler, but an even better friend,” said Andrew. “He’s always there at whatever we do, whether it’s tournaments, volunteering, morning lifting… He’s always there.”

His hard work pays off, already placing in two of the three tournaments he has wrestled in before the season has even started.

“Honestly, it’s the best feeling in the world,” said Nate. “Winning a match makes it all worth it.”

As the season starts, Nate Hackmann leads his team into what will hopefully be a successful season.

“I’m looking for a breakout year for him this year,” said Barnhart, “This is gonna be his year.”