Sigourney Alum Kaleb Reeves Secures Back to Back Regional Titles, Awarded the Gregorian Award

Kaleb Reeves wearing a red singlet in one of his matches for Coe College
Sean Strohmayer
The News-Review

Sigourney alum Kaleb Reeves accomplished back to back regional titles wrestling at the 285 weight class for Coe College. During his championship run, Reeves was awarded the Gregorian Award for securing the most pins in the least amount of time.

Reeves spoke about how his passion from wrestling came from a young age, when he grew up watching his father coach high school wrestling. Seeing how hard they worked to achieve their goals was something that Reeves looked up to. 

This season was different from most for Reeves, as he was recovering from a torn acl. He tore his ACL in the US Open in Greco Roman. Reeves spoke on being able to secure the back to back regional titles despite the major knee injury with, “Being able to come back and wrestle as hard as I did, and win that title really made me confident coming into nationals.” 

The recovery process was not an easy path, especially with a significant injury like an ACL tear. Reeves described the overall recovery process with, “It was about seven months of rehab and gaining confidence back in my leg. The worst part was never guaranteed, there was always the thought of potentially not making it back for season in the back of my mind. But luckily I have the best coaching and athletic training staff in the country, who not only got me back on the mat, but never doubted I would make it back stronger than ever!”

The ultimate goal as soon as he suffered the injury was to make it back to the mat for his senior season. Reeves spoke on the biggest component that helped him complete this goal with, “Coach O was a constant voice of motivation.” Reeves elaborated on how Coach Oostendorp, “Never once stopped believing I was coming back and winning a national title. Even sometimes I doubted myself, he would push me to go beyond my limits and he really made me believe everything he said and his belief turned into mine.”

Reeves spoke on his future after this senior season with, “I plan on coaching at Coe and competing on the senior level in Greco-Roman to make a world or Olympic team.” 




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