Sam Stevens, Senior Spotlight, Clear Creek Amana

By G Wyatt Schultz

Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do?

My Uncle wrestled all four years in high school. He qualified for the state tournament his junior and senior year but never placed.

Did you catch on to wrestling quickly or was it a gradual process?

It was a gradual process, but I think what helped a lot was my athleticism to catch on to wrestling. Every year I feel like it is a gradual process, meaning that I am not happy with my results towards the beginning of the year but as the season continues, I can tell that I am closing in on my goals.

Did you wrestle in a club growing up, and if you did, how would you describe your experience with the club?

I wrestled when I was really young and unfortunately I started playing basketball with elementary school and didn't start wrestling again until 7th grade.

What are a couple memorable moments from youth/JH wrestling?

One of my favorite memories from junior high was my very last junior high meet at Anamosa when I had four matches that day and if I won all four then I would be the second wrestler to ever win 20 matches in a season under our coach. I won those four matches and completed my season with a 20-2 record.

Who were your wrestling heroes growing up?

I am a huge Iowa wrestling fan and still am and my favorite wrestlers to watch were Jay Borshel and Brent Metcalf.

How did you finish at state tournaments as a youth?

I never qualified for the state tournament when I was younger.

How did you finish at the state tournaments you wrestled in at the high school level?

I qualified for the state tournament last year as a junior and I lost in the blood round.

Was there ever a point in your career where you noticed yourself jumping levels and making improvements?

I definitely noticed a turning point from sophomore to junior year and in the middle of my junior year.

Who were some of your toughest competitors in high school?

Cael Happel was definitely my toughest opponent in high school. His match pace is insane.

Who did you have the best battles with?

Keegan Sheeler from CPU and I always would go head to head. It didn't matter if it was a championship match or a seventh place match it was always a high intense match.

What is your favorite style of wrestling, Folkstyle, Freestyle or Greco-Roman?

Freestyle is my favorite, I like to wrestle on my feet.

What are your wrestling goals for the upcoming high school season?

My goal is to be Clear Creek Amana's first WAMAC champion and to place top five at the state tournament.

What are some of your favorite tournaments?

My favorite tournament is the Solon tournament because it's all the local teams so you kind of know everyone that you wrestle.

How would you describe your wrestling style? Who would you compare yourself to?

I like to score a lot of points and put the pressure on kids fast and Spencer Lee does the same thing.

Do you have any regrets involving wrestling that you want to make up as a senior?

I am attacking this year day by day and getter better one day at a time and the last few years I would always look ahead to see when it would be over and that is something I regret.

What other sports do you play and how have you done at them?

I played football and I started offense by junior year and started both ways as a senior.

What are some of your hobbies besides wrestling? And what is a favorite memory?

I like to hunt and fish and if I'm not doing that then I am either with my friends or family.

Do you have any advice for up and coming wrestlers?

Make sure you properly cut weight if you are going to cut and to work in the off season.

Who were some of the most influential coaches you worked with?

Coach Forness is number one for sure. He isn't just a wrestling coach, you can also joke around with him and if you have a problem with something he would for sure be there to help.

What are your college plans? Is wrestling in your future, whether it be competing or coaching?

I don't plan on wrestling in college. I wouldn't mind coming back to help coach every so often.

Clear Creek Amana has had some great growth lately, it is really a growing school, what is the future of Clear Creek Amana wrestling?

Clear Creek Amana definitely has a bright future for wrestling and I will definitely be back to watch them have success.