Senior Spotlight: Keaton Wilson, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows

By G. Wyatt Schultz for The Predicament

Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do?
Yes, my dad and uncle both did. Neither of them ever made it to state but my uncle wrestled in college.

Was there ever a point in your career where you noticed yourself jumping levels and making huge strides?
Yes there was. It was a gradual process up until about 5th grade. That's when I really started getting the hang of things and started going to a lot more tournaments.

Did you wrestle for a club growing up? If so how would you describe your experience with the club?
Yes I did I wrestled at Team Valley and it was great. Carl Valley is a great coach.

At what age did you start?  Why did you start? Where did you start?
I started at about age 4. I started because my dad got me into it. I loved it right away but 3rd grade year I tried
basketball and that was a big mistake and I never did it again. I started at  Belmond-Klemme.

What are a couple memorable moments from youth/JH wrestling?
Making it to AAU state.

Who were your wrestling heroes growing up?
Mine are probably Thomas Gilman, Jordan Burroughs, Kyle Dale, David Taylor and Tony Ramos.

How did you finish at state tournaments in youth?
I qualified, but every year I always came up short in the blood round.

How did you finish at the state tournaments you wrestled in at the HS level?
I qualified my junior year and went 2 and out. This year I got 5th.

Who were some of your toughest competitors in HS?
Joey Busse, Drake Doolittle, Aden Reeves, and Colby Tool

Who did you have the best battles with?
Caiden Jones, Joey Busse and Mark Dawson

What are your wrestling goals now that you are moving on from high school?
I want to All American at Nationals.

How would you describe your wrestling style? Who would you compare yourself to?
I would say that my style is calm and collected. I would compare myself to Jayden Eierman and Austin Gomez.

Do you wrestle freestyle and Greco-Roman?
No, I do not.

What style is your favorite? Folkstyle, Freestyle, Greco?
Folkstyle, I just never really got into the other styles but I do love throwing and messing around with freestyle and Greco.

Do you have any regrets from wrestling or did you leave it all out there?
Yes I have some regrets but I am content with how I did. Not wrestling during the summer as much as I should of. I don't think that I was dedicated enough until I got talked to by my coach. He inspired me and told me that he believed in me when I didn't in myself. That's when I really started getting good. I've always loved the sport of wrestling but I always had room to improve. I would say when I got to CGD was when I really turned it on.

What other sports do you play and how have you done at them?
I played football up until this year but I wasn't very good at it.

What are some of your hobbies besides wrestling? And what is a favorite memory?
I like to hangout with my friends. Every time I hung out with my friends. I really liked cruising with my friends. We also played basketball a lot. I really liked going boating with them, that was always really fun.

What is your favorite HS wrestling memory?
Placing 5th at state my senior year and getting second at state duals my junior year.

What is some of the best advice you ever received?
To never give up. The best advice was given by Dan Gabrielson. He was the guy that always motivated me and always believed in me. He helped me not only grow tremendously as a wrestler but also as a man. He is the one that would always push me and was also there to always talk to me if I needed. He was the greatest mentor to me.

Do you have any advice for up and coming wrestlers?
Wrestle in the summer, go to every practice you can and listen to your coaches.

Who were some of the most influential coaches you worked with at the youth and HS level?
Carl Valley, Dan Gabrielson, Kurt Morgan, Taylor Lehman, Jordon McLaughlin

What was some of your favorite tournaments?
Battle of Waterloo, conference and state.

What are your college plans? Is wrestling in your future whether it be competing or coaching?
I am going to NIACC to continue wrestling and hope to transfer to a 4 year college after that and continue wrestling.

With the success that Clarion-Goldfield-Dows has, what is the future outlook for Clarion-Goldfield-Dows wrestling?
The future is bright.  They have solid wrestlers and they have my brother Remington Hanson, Reed Abbas, Tyler Stein and Garrett Seaba all of which have qualified for state.  They are a young team and they will definitely still be turning heads.