Senior Spotlight: Keaton Moret, Norwalk
When did you start wrestling? Who introduced you to the sport?
I started wrestling when I was 6 years old, I wasn’t big into the sport since I was playing multiple other sports. I just did it because it was something to do during the winter. Brady Kyner introduced me into the sport and after learning the basics he introduced me to High Altitude Wrestling Club. Jswafford
Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do?
I am the first wrestler in my family.
Did you catch on to wrestling quickly or was it a gradual process?
I’d personally say I caught on rather quickly just because I would always wrestle and fight with my friends and brother. But jumping to the next level after taking it seriously took more work because as I got older, bigger and better so did the competition did as well.
What club did you wrestle for growing up and how would you describe your experience with the club?
As a kid I just did the Norwalk Youth Wrestling Club but after my freshman year in high school I started to attend High Altitude Wrestling Club. HAWC is probably one of the best wrestling clubs in the state of Iowa if not the best in the state. Chad Tunink has pushed me and worked with me for the last few years to get me to that next level and is continuing to do so.
What are a couple memorable moments from youth wrestling?
Getting to know kids from different schools and learning a bunch of new things and winning my first tournament.
How did you finish at state tournaments in youth?
I didn’t take wrestling very serious as a youth so I did not attend the state tournament.
What are some of your more memorable moments from high school wrestling to this point?
Getting to travel to different states and wrestle and compete with some of the best and probably AA at Jr/Sr Nationals as well as placing 4th at the state tournament. Also going to Fargo Nationals, Jr/Sr Nationals and Disney Duals was definitely something to remember from getting to know guys I’ve never met before to competing at the highest level.
How did you finish at the state tournaments you wrestled in at the HS level to this point?
I’ve only qualified and placed once in my career and that was this last year and I placed 4th in class 3a at 120lbs.
Who were your wrestling heroes growing up? Who are your current wrestling heroes?
David Taylor, Daton Fix
Was there ever a point in your career where you noticed yourself jumping levels and making huge strides?
Um, I started to notice making significant progress after my sophomore year. I started taking wrestling serious and committing a lot of my time towards the sport and training for it the summer before freshman year. After training with High Altitude and going from different rooms with different guys I started to realize I was beating kids I wasn’t before.
Who have been some of your toughest competitors in high school to this point in your career?
I’ve wrestled a lot of tough guys throughout my career but I’d probably have to say a few of them would be Joel Jesuroga, Drake Doolittle, Cullan Schriever. All of the guys I wrestled against at the State Tournament & Nationals have been tough matches, win or lose.
The improvements over the last few years have been eye-opening, going from 6th at districts as a Freshman, 4th as a Senior and punching your ticket to state and placing 4th in a stacked 3A 120 bracket as a Junior, a season in which you beat great wrestlers such as Nick Miller, Carter Drake, Cael Cassady, Aidan Evans, Joel Jesuroga, Bennett Hageman, Kael Scranton, etc. What was the difference this past year and if you make another jump like this, is anyone going to stop you?
All of those guys listed above were great wins for me and made me realize my strong and weak points, I feel like once I put everything aside and made wrestling my number one priority and improving myself in all positions it allowed me to be able to reach the level I am at and beat those tough guys. If everything goes according to plan and I’ll improve more and more in every position, I don’t see anyone stopping me this year.
Was the Grand March pretty sweet this year?
I enjoyed it, it was definitely something to remember considering I was surrounded by the best of the best at each weight and class in the state of Iowa. It was also nice to be able to go out there and know I accomplished one of my biggest goals I had set at the end of my sophomore year season.
What are your wrestling goals for this coming season?
I have a lot of goals for the “offseason” & regular season. One of my offseason goals was the All American at either Jr/Sr Nationals and Disney Duals if not both. But I was unable to AA at Disney Duals due to things that were out of my control and things that were in my control. I was just unable to get the job done. But at Jr/Sr Nationals, I placed 2nd at 132lbs with having one loss and a big win over Casey Baker from I-35. My biggest/end goals is to be a class 3A 2020 State Champion.
How would you describe your wrestling style? Who would you compare yourself to?
My wrestling style is more of a funky style, I like to score off of basic shots but I love to scramble. I don’t really have a comparison to who I wrestle like but if I had to pick someone it would probably be Daton Fix just because he always has something new for his opponent whether it be useful or not.
Do you have any regrets from wrestling that you want to make up for as a Senior?
I always look back and regret some things but one of my biggest regret would probably not preparing for the state tournament like I should’ve and keeping my weigh low throughout the week and then having it reflect how I preformed on the mat. But other than that I’d say I had a successful season and got to compete with some of the best and learned a lot.
What other sports do you play and how have you done at them?
I used to play Football, Soccer, and I would do cross country racing on four wheelers nationally and locally. I would say I was pretty good at all the sports I did. It just was difficult during times since I am not the biggest kid to do the sports.
What are some of your hobbies besides wrestling?
I love to fish, swim, and just hangout with friends. I can’t really think of something better than being around a group of your friends, listening to music and just enjoying yourself no matter what you're doing or where you are.
What is some of the best advice you ever received?
Um, that’s a tough one, I’ve received a lot of great advice but I think the best one and the one that really hit me and made me think the most was my high school coach Brandon Schmitz told me all throughout the season that he, the other coaches and the team believed in me and they all without a doubt believed that I am a top four wrestler in the state of Iowa at any weight. After a tough loss at districts he and I talked for a while after everyone had left and he reassured me that I accomplished my goal and I need to make a new one and after that my goal was to be a 2018-19 State Place Winner and sure enough after losing to Aiden Evans for 3rd place, he came into the locker room and gave me a hug and asked me if I believed him when he said he believed Iwas a top four wrestler in the state.
Do you have any advice for up and coming wrestlers?
The only advice I can give that I didn’t understand at first was don’t take anything for granted because it goes by way to fast, enjoy it and work your butt off every day because whether your results come that next day or in 3 years, you’ll look back and wish you could go back and do it again if you didn’t give it your all. Also never give up no matter how hard it gets, because at the end of the day, it’s always worth it.
What is your favorite style of wrestling? Folkstyle, Freestyle or Greco?
Definitely freestyle because it makes you open up more and finish your shots quicker and cleaner otherwise you’ll give up more points. I am not a fan of Greco at all just because I like to shoot at the legs and I’m not a fan of upper body stuff anymore.
Who were some of the most influential coaches you worked with?
I have many coaches who have influenced me but the main ones would have to be Chad Tunink, Alanah Vetterick, Brady Kyner, Brandon Schmitz, Austin Anderson and Eric Thompson. All of those guys and girl have made a major impact on me as a person and on my wrestling career from simple things like making sure I'm eating the right things during season and helping me get down to weight to driving to different tournaments to coach me or getting into a wrestling room to help me reach my goals and get to that next level of wrestling.
What are your college plans? Is wrestling in your future whether it be competing or coaching?
I plan on going to college to wrestle, I am unsure on where I want to go at this point but I will be attending college to compete.
What is the future outlook for Norwalk wrestling? Obviously you are coming back sad well as Grant Harbour, Travis McCombs, Caden Schmidt, Ethan Vetterick and Tristen Duncan... who else should we be on the lookout for? Is Norwalk going to be a solid threat this year?
Norwalk will be a very strong and dangerous team next year. All of those guys listed above are going to make a huge impact on the team but some of the guys like Landon Card, Logan Overholser, and Jason Kritzler are on the lookout this year and are on the come up fast. All three of those guys are improving rapidly and don’t ever give up and that will be huge not only for the team but for themselves this year. I am excited to see what big things they do this year and where the sport takes them!