Free State, KS
3x SQ @ 138, 132, 113
“Newman has always been a special place in my heart. As many know, especially the wrestlers and the Newman family there, Reece Wright-Conklin was an amazing wrestler who passed away in 2015. My father was his coach at Lawrence high school, but more importantly, he treated him like a son. He was like an older brother to me. He’s always been the wrestler that I aspire to be and look up to moving forward with my career. I want to make him proud, and I know he’s looking down on me every day and would’ve loved to see me wrestle here.
With Reece being a big part of my life, [head] coach [Ryan] Smith is also someone I’ve always looked up to as a coach. Coach Smith and I have an amazing connection, and he’s treated me well since the day I met him. When I’m around him in the wrestling room, I feel a connection. I feel like I can accomplish great things, and I know he wants what’s best for me in my future. He wants me to be great and believes in me.”
Baker, Benedictine, Bethany, Central, Dubuque, and Neosho
“For me, it wasn’t about the division right now. As a kid, I’ve always dreamed of being a big wrestler and always wanting to be a D1 wrestler and win a national championship. So, I feel like to reach those dreams and accomplish everything I want; I need the right coaching staff and the right education to succeed. Newman had everything I needed, and I instantly knew that it was the right choice for me after my visit with them.
If I look back three years from today, during my freshman year, I would’ve never thought that I would be going to a D2 school to wrestle. It’s a dream come true, and I just want to take the right steps to being great.”
“Education is the most important thing to me. I was looking for a school that could give me the right education along with still doing what I love. But along with a good education, I was looking for a place that felt like a home. Newman made me feel comfortable, and I instantly felt a connection between me and the program. Coach Smith is the coach who will get me to the next level and make sure I become a successful athlete.”
“A wrestler who gives it their all and is willing to put in the work no matter what it takes and how long it takes. In my eyes, I approach the mat and the wrestling setting differently. The other wrestlers say I’m more of a coach and look at everything differently than other wrestlers when it comes to technique.
I’m not even close to my ceiling yet. When I say that, I mean I have a lot of potential to bring to the table, and I don’t think I’m anywhere near to being the best I can be.
I think, as a person, I work hard. Obviously, I could always work harder, and I can only get better from here on out, but that’s everyone. In order to be the best, you have to put in the time and work, and I know I could always do a better job with that.
I’m just excited to get to work with a great program and achieve some long-term goals. I don’t want to stop wrestling anytime soon.”
“Expect a show. I’ve been known to win matches within the last 10 seconds, and I know how to throw. I’m not scared in situations where everything comes down to the last second. I wrestle until the final whistle blows and can’t wait to wrestle in the college atmosphere with the college fans. I have a lot to bring to the table, and fans can expect some fireworks from me.”
“I’m going to fit in at 141 or 149.
After my first year, I’ll get into the hang of things when it comes to weight cutting and the college atmosphere. I’ll probably get bigger as the years progress when I start lifting.”
“I need to work on my feet. I’ve never been good on my feet, and I need to work on my reaction time and my overall footwork to succeed.”
“Knowing that I gave everything my all. Obviously, the goal is to win a national title, but the most important thing is knowing that you didn’t leave anything behind, and you put in every ounce of work you have in you to achieve your goals.”
“Get to the next level and compete with the best wrestlers in the world. It’s been a dream of mine to be the wrestler that everyone looks up to and who people want to be. I’m willing to work as hard as I can to get to the next level and show everyone that it doesn’t matter what happened in high school. It doesn’t matter what happened in the past; anyone can achieve anything as long as you put in the work.
I see myself as an underdog and overlooked. I’m happy Newman is giving me a shot because they won’t be disappointed with the outcome. I know I’m going to leave Newman as one of the best wrestlers they’ve had in their program.”
“When everything is all said and done, I gave it my all; every drop of blood, sweat, and tears was put to work 100 percent of the time. I want to look back and know that Newman was my first step to becoming great and know that’s where it all began. That’s where I got my education, and it’s not just a school; it’s a family.”
“They have a great family and a great coaching staff from what I’ve seen so far.
The school is very down to earth, and it seems like there’s love everywhere I go around the campus.”
The Fun Fact
“I’m left-handed, but I wrestle right-handed.”
NCAA D2 School located in Wichita, KS.
Had 2 National Qualifiers for the canceled 2020 National Tournament.
Class of 2021
Caleb Streeter – Free State, KS