Athletes of the Issue: Owen Sherman: Winning Wrestler
Owen Sherman ’19 is one of the Boys Varsity Wrestling captains this year.
Sherman first started wrestling his freshman year, “eager and ready to learn” said Head Coach Adam Sperling. Having never wrestled competitively before, he came into the sport with little skill. According to Sperling, Sherman had “heart [as well as] grit and determination…but most importantly, he stuck with it.”
Sherman did not come into the sport as an impressive wrestler. “[I had to] work the hardest, and be the most mentally tough,” Sherman explained. His work ethic and leadership were appreciated by everyone on the team. Teammate Hudson Berk ’21 expanded, stating, “[Sherman] is always looking to improve and help the team,” while Co-Captain, Doug Guilford ’19 added, “[Sherman’s] work ethic is amazing. He’s always looking to help out our teammates.”
Sherman has learned that nothing is impossible: “I’ve learned that even if you feel tired and you can’t move, you still have more to give. Once you get over that mentally, sure wrestling becomes easier, but so does life in general.”
In previous years, Sherman has found a high level of success, even making it to the State Championships. Sherman recalled: “In sophomore year, I was able to place 4th at states, and the next year I got 6th. I was really proud of my placement for sophomore year.” Junior year of wrestling, Sherman had a injury on his ankle that cost him a higher placement in the States Tournament. Even though Sherman is proud of his placements in previous years, he has different ambitions for this year: “I just want to be able to feel personally satisfed with how I do.” Sherman wants to place well this year, but he “[doesn’t] care if [he] goes 0 and 30 in the season, as long as [he] feels satisfed with how [he does].” Although, he stated that he “would still like to win.” While Sherman has been an avid wrestler and a true force on the team, he has suffered multiple setbacks due to injury. In freshman year, Sherman suffered a rough injury to his neck. He stated, “In one of my frst few matches, I landed on my neck and I got a bulging disk, so I couldn’t wrestle at all my freshman year.” His injury still affects him, sometimes causing his back to become numb. Junior year, he received multiple injuries during the season: “I had a concussion junior year, I was out for a week or two. [I] also hurt my foot pretty badly and later my ankle. I always have had knee problems too.” He added, “Wrestling in general is a physical sport, so [you] have to okay with getting hurt, while also staying healthy.”
Sherman also voiced the environment of the wrestling room: “We’re a pretty serious team, but I also think we have a lot of fun. Coach Ayer makes a lot of funny jokes, and Coach Campbell is one of the funniest guys I know.” While having fun is a big part of wrestling, he did not forget the fact that the team is also focused: “I think [the team] is pretty focused, but if there’s a joke here or there, Sperling is okay with it.” Coach Sperling also plays music as they practice: “Some of the songs he plays, he plays them every year, and it is like a team tradition”
Sherman is excited for another season of wrestling and has high hopes for the team: “[I] defnitely think everyone will be able to help out the team, and hopefully, we can win at the same time.” Although he does not plan to wrestle in college, Sherman hopes to make the best of his last season as a wrestler at Hopkins.