Hissom wraps up historic 100-win career at state wrestling meet

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Spring Lake wrestling team congratulates senior Josef Hissom on historic career. Josef recorded more than 100 wins as a Laker and advanced to the state wrestling meet this year.

Spring Lake wrestling team congratulates senior Josef Hissom on historic career. Josef recorded more than 100 wins as a Laker and advanced to the state wrestling meet this year.

Spring Lake wrestling team congratulates senior Josef Hissom on historic career. Josef recorded more than 100 wins as a Laker and advanced to the state wrestling meet this year.

by David Rumptz, Sports

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What is in a name? For the Hissom family, wrestling runs deep as do state wrestling performances. Josef Hissom is living up to his brother’s performance, as he matched him with a state berth of his own. Hissom traveled to the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit to see where he stacked up against some of the best wrestlers across the state of Michigan. When asked about his motivation to get to state, Hissom told the Grand Haven Tribune, “This year my entire mindset was it is my last chance to make it to state and to place and do everything I wanted to do in wrestling.”.

Josef wrestled at the 171 pound weight class at the meet, and fought extremely hard in a match against Dewitt’s grappler at his weight class, who placed seventh in the state at 171 pounds. Hissom also came up short against the sixth place finisher from Coldwater. In both matches, Hissom avoided the pin, a major feat while stacking up against some of the best wrestling in the state. Unfortunately, Hissom was defeated and therefore eliminated from the competition. Before the match play began, Hissom mentioned that he wanted to place in the state meet, but he came up just short in both of his matches.

Hissom said before the event that it is extremely difficult with such a small team to advance through the playoffs because of the lack of competition in his weight class during practice. From the Spring Lake wrestling team, Josef was the only one to advance past the district round. Josef placed fourth in regionals to sneak into the state rounds. To advance through regionals, he had to match up against the number two wrestler in the entire state.

Josef closes out an illustrious wrestling career at Spring Lake, becoming one of the top wrestlers to ever wrestle in the program. He was a four-year varsity athlete on the wrestling team, where he recorded more than 100 varsity victories.

Hissom, a senior, will attend Hillsdale University next fall to play collegiate football for the Chargers. At Hillsdale, he will play running back after primarily playing linebacker for the Laker football team.

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