Hayden Lohrey became the first three-time state qualifier in Shenandoah wrestling history this year, and he finished a career-best seventh place at the IHSAA State Finals.
But he’s made at least as big an impact off the mat.
Lohrey is a role model for the younger wrestlers in the program, many of whom he helped bring into the sport. And he willingly accepted a supporting role on the football and baseball teams, helping in whatever fashion the coaches thought best.
That’s not an easy thing for a superstar in another sport to do. But such is Lohrey’s commitment to the Raiders.
Because of his leadership, citizenship and willingness to sacrifice, Lohrey has been named the 2019 THB Sports Awards Boys Mental Attitude Award winner.
Lohrey plans to continue his wrestling career at Purdue next year. He’ll join a Boilermakers program that sent three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships last season, where he can again serve as a role model for Shenandoah athletes hoping to follow in his footsteps.
“He is an outstanding ambassador for Shenandoah High School,” Lohrey’s athletic director Todd Salkoski wrote in a nominee submission form.
That will be his greatest legacy with the Raiders.
Lohrey helped keep the Shenandoah wrestling program together through some very difficult times. And the Raiders found a way to thrive.
In addition to Lohrey’s seventh-place finish, junior Silas Allred claimed a state championship in his second state finals appearance.
Lohrey served as Allred’s sparring partner and savored his teammate’s success.
“If you didn’t have a son and wanted a son that made you proud of how he has handled his success on a daily basis, you could not do any better than to pick Hayden Lohrey,” Salkoski wrote.