Independence's Matthew Doyle, who finished 6th at state last season, just wrapped up his week at the Iowa State Intensive Camp and is gearing up to wrestle at Fargo for the second time.
"I got Fargo coming up, and my goal is to be an All-American. I would say I'm better at Freestyle than Greco. I'm just going to try my hardest, and looking to compare myself to where I'm at with top kids out there."
After a fourth place finish at districts, and missing out at the state meet as a freshman it didn't take long for Doyle to use the experience as a turning point moving into his sophomore year.
"Going in I thought it wasn't a big deal because I was only a freshman. I knew watching that I had three more years to be a part of this. I got a couple workouts in down there and I figured out that's where I wanted to be and I wanted to be on top of the podium. After that, is when I started working out a lot more."
Doyle has already been active in the Freestyle and Greco circuit this summer and was a member of the Cadet dual team. After an impressive performance, Doyle noticed what a different mindset and a year of experience had done for him this year competing in the Cadet duals.
"There was a lot of good competition there. As a freshman, going to Cadet Duals, I didn't know how good I would do. I wasn't expecting myself to be an all-star for Iowa. I won the matches that I was suppose to. When I went against a good kid I didn't really turn it loose. They kind of beat me up. This year during the duals, I'd say I was the hammer. I didn't back down, and it was more of a mental thing for me. I decided I was one of the better guys there. I would go out and beat up guys."
With summer wrestling gearing up for one of its biggest tournaments of the year, and the high school season inching closer, Doyle is looking forward to the challenge of one of the top tournaments in the state of Iowa, being hosted in his backyard, during the first week of the high school season. The Cliff Keen Independence Tournament is a collection of some of the toughest teams in Iowa let alone the Midwest.
"Our facilities are amazing. It's right in my backyard. It's great for myself to wrestle at, and our fans to come watch. I just need to put on a show and put it all out there for them to see. It's an eye opener. It's great seeing tough kids and seeing who wants it. "
Doyle is clear what he hopes to accomplish with the mindset he has developed over the past season with the work that he has put in to better himself.
"Indee has never had a 2x state champion and that's a goal that I really want to hit. We sit down and get our goals ready and we write down what we are going to do to achieve our goals. I'm going to keep working hard and knowing I'm a top guy. Knowing that no one can stop me."