Wasilla High standout Hunter Hayes lost his senior season of wrestling due to injury, but that didn’t mark the end of his career. Hayes now has the chance to return to the mat on the collegiate level.
Hayes signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Minnesota State University-Moorhead and will wrestle for the Division II Dragons.
“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to study and wrestle at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. It’s been a tough senior year, but I have recovered from my torn ACL and meniscus surgery and am very excited to wrestle at the next level,” Hayes said.
Hayes suffered the injury during the prep football season.
On the wrestling mat, Hayes posted a career record of 101-16. He is a two-time Northern Lights Conference champion and finished third in the 2019 ASAA Division I state championships.
“Hunter is a very technical wrestler. He thrives on competition and is very physical on the mat,” Wasilla head coach Shawn Hayes said.
Hunter Hayes has been wrestling since he was 5 years old, and was also a part of the Mid Valley and Arctic Warriors youth wrestling programs.
Hayes was a multisport standout during his time at Wasilla High School. During three seasons with the Wasilla cross-country running team, Hayes earned three top-10 finishes in the region meet. As a sophomore, Hayes won the Region III title in the boys’ varsity race. He was also fourth as freshman and ninth as a junior. Hayes finished a career high 14th in the state meet as a sophomore.
Hayes joined the Wasilla varsity football teams for the first time as a senior. He finished second on the team with 425 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
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