THE COLONY— It’s not the size of the fighter, but how much effort and fight they have in them that counts. That’s what makes Charlie Hamer our Class Act of the Week.
Charlie is a senior at the Colony and a star member of the school’s wrestling team, a squad she had an interesting path in joining.
“I was playing JV soccer my sophomore year and coach Brown was starting a wrestling team. I wasn’t very good at soccer. I tried really hard, I wasn’t very good at it,” laughed Charlie.
“I was better at wrestling and I liked it a whole lot more. It’s very, very competitive. It’s about controlling the other person and it’s a team sport, but it’s mainly individual as tournaments go and everything. I really liked it, I liked the coach, I liked the whole family team aspect.”
When Charlie takes the mats, all 95 pounds of fury, she’s an automatic leader for the entire school’s program.
“She shows the girls and our guys every day this is how you do it,” said Chuck Brown, the wrestling coach. “This is how hard you work, this is the extra time you put in.”
That time she put in paid off when she won the 5A State Championship last year.
“It’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t wrestled, but all your focus is on that match,” Charlie said. “At state, there’s a lot of people watching but I didn’t feel any eyes on me because I’m focused on the match and it’s just about winning.”
And that determined approach has landed her a scholarship to wrestle at Emmanuel College in Georgia, the first female wrestler from the Colony to ever sign a letter of intent.
So from changing sports to investing all the time and training, Charlie has made all the right moves to pin her goals to the mat!
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