Athlete of the Month- Sam Hine

Sam Hine signed up to try youth wrestling when he was in fifth grade, with no idea if he would stick with it or even enjoy it. Eight years later, he has accomplished 108 career wins and qualified for regionals twice. This season Hine will work to qualify for the state tournament.

Varsity wrestling coach Michael Donovan met Hine when he was in 8th grade. Donovan had been coaching Hine’s older brother, Jake, who is now an assistant coach.

“At the beginning of his career, Sam had a lot of raw talent and wanted to win very badly, but was very conservative and wrestled more not to lose, than to dominate,” Donovan said.

Along with his regular practices at MHS, Hine will be going to practices at other schools including Beaverton in order to gain more experience and improve his overall skills. This season, Donovan said he expects to see Hine’s wrestling improve due to his drive to work hard and to challenge himself.

“He seeks out tough competition all year round rather than just waiting to beat the easy opponents because he knows that’s what is going to make him better,” Donovan said, “He’s not afraid to lay it on the line against anyone.”

Hine has moved up to weight class 189 pounds for his final season, and will be facing bigger opponents. Instead of brawling, Hine uses his speed and ability to create good angles to his advantage. He finds one of the most challenging aspects of the sport to be mentally tough, which is regularly tested at practices and matches.

“In hard practices you reach a point where you can kind of coast or go through that barrier and get better,” Hine said.

Throughout the course of his career, one of Hine’s favorite parts about the sport has been the bond he has created with his teammates. “You get to be really good friends with the people on the team,” Hine said.

“You spend so much time with them and you work hard with them so you really develop a good friendship and get to know them really well.”

Hine said he has learned lessons from his team and coaches that he will carry with him past high school, such as working hard in order to achieve his goals.

“He always pushes himself constantly,” Donovan said. “The way he wants to wrestle good kids rather than take the easy road shows the younger guys the right approach to the sport. There’s no running and there’s no hiding in our sport so let the feathers fly and learn from losses should they happen.”