Why Hawkeye Wrestling Club’s Michaela Beck skipped college to follow her wrestling dreams

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Hawkeye Wrestling Club’s Michaela Beck is one of 5 Senior-level women wrestlers whose further to a bar has helped women wrestling continued a quick growth.
Brian Powers, bpowers@dmreg.com

This is a third of a five-part array profiling a Hawkeye Wrestling Club’s women’s freestyle wrestlers. Featured here is Michaela Beck, a 2018 U.S. Open runner-up and 2016 Junior inhabitant champion.

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Most 19-year-olds here are readying themselves for a finish of a open semester. Finals week is quick approaching, and summer mangle is on a other side.

But Michaela Beck is not like many 19-year-olds.

Instead of studies and syllabi, she’s focused on morning and afternoon practices inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. She’s keyed into gut-wrenches and leg-laces, rather than tests and papers. In lieu of a vacation, she’ll continue training to be a best in a world.

“I like competing, and we like winning,” Beck says. “I consider when your mind’s right and you’re on track, we can kick anyone.”

Beck is one of 5 women’s freestyle wrestlers who train with a Hawkeye Wrestling Club. She is a youngest of a group, though is one of a country’s brightest up-and-comers. She won’t be competing during this week’s U.S. Open in Las Vegas, though is instead scheming for subsequent month’s UWW Junior universe group trials in Irving, Texas.

A integrate things mount out about Beck when compared with her Hawkeye Wrestling Club teammates.

First, she usually started wrestling in eighth class — or, about 5 years ago. The New York City local was introduced to a competition by Beat The Streets, a nonprofit that helps youths by wrestling around a country. In 2016, she won a Junior freestyle inhabitant title. As a high propagandize senior, she was ranked No. 1 in a country at 127 pounds.

And that takes us to a second separating cause about Beck: When it came time for a college decision, she opted to skip a college knowledge entirely, selecting instead to join a Hawkeye Wrestling Club full-time.

“I usually want to sight and compete,” Beck says. “Some people competence consider that’s weird. Both of my relatives went to college, and we devise on going to college, too.

“But right now, it’s my primary years to train, and we wish to put all we have into it.”

Beck’s success captivated a courtesy of many of a tip programs in a Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association, that has turn an well-developed proof belligerent for many of a nation’s best women’s wrestlers. The other 4 Hawkeye Wrestling Club women’s freestyle wrestlers, for example, were all multiple-time WCWA All-Americans.

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