Most who watch LaRue County wrestling believe that the
Hawk singlet represents winning while it actually represents an ATTITUDE.
An attitude like that possessed by Jimmy Shaw. Who worked for an entire year running five miles a day nd lifting weights. This took place on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Or an attitude like that of Jason Detre and Kyle Ross who demonstrated what fighting through injuries truly mean. Ross who when he broke his wrist implored Canter to just “pop it back into place and tape it” so he could finish his match and when Canter said, “No” became visibly upset and through his head gear across the gym.
Detre who just eight short weeks came back from a horribly dislocated elbow to help lead his team to its first ever state championship.
Or the attitude of sacrifice demonstrated by Todd Allen who when Ross went down with his injury approached Canter and asked, “How much weight do you want me to lose for the team?”
Or the attitude of the seniors on the 2001 state championship team who before the season asked Canter to make the practices harder than they have ever been before to help prepare them to make a run at a state championship.
Or of Scotty Thompson who refused to give up pins even if it meant sticking his fingers in his opponents mouth and scratching their gums to let him off his back.
Or of Jimmy Shaw, who would physically threaten, cajole, and banter teammates to NOT GIVE UP PINS. True leaders do what ever is necessary to “encourage” teammates to excel.
Or of Jonathon Whelan who was finally told that the next time he snuck into the school weight room to lift would have the police called on him for breaking and entering.
Or of Scott Cooper who lost to a wrestler early in the season to come back in the state finals and found a way to beat him on a last second reversal.
Or of Andrew Cooper who was the best in the state in his weight class all year long, lost in the semi-finals of the state tournament but never gave up, reached deep down inside of himself and embodied what it means to "wrestle with heart" and came back and took third.
Or the likes of Andrew Pearsall, Jack LaRue, Chad Skaggs, Mike Hardy, Paul Cooper who sweated, bled, and gave of themselves to help make LaRue County wrestling what it is today.
Or of the wrestlers of the 99 team who embraced the challenge and refused to fail running the tables and doing what was necessary to go UNDEFEATED for the season: 24-0.
What you are willing to wear is something that many boys desire to put on but few men are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to place it on their body.
It is more than just a singlet, it is an attitude that represents and embodies what LaRue County wrestling is all about.
Every time you wear that singlet and step onto a mat, the ghosts of the legends of Hawk wrestling are sitting in the stands and watching, looking to see if YOU have the same attitude that has taken this program to the very top.
Once a Hawk wrestler, Always a Hawk wrestler.