Sat 10:03pm: Howland wrestlers believes he’s champ



HOWLAND Setting a reminder on a cell phone is pretty standard these days, and some are a little more important than others.

For David-Brian Whisler, a junior on the Howland wrestling team, his daily reminder is a little different than most, but it means just as much to him as a parent who needs to pick up the kids.

“I’m going to be a state champion,” Whisler said. “I have a reminder that goes off on my phone every day to remind me. And I have a piece of tape on my mirror that does the same thing.

“It’s such an awesome thing to say, ‘I’m a state champion.’ Once you win, it’s just an amazing feeling. I don’t want to say it’s a weight off your shoulders, it’s just so nice that all that hard work paid off.”

His words may sound slightly cocky, but the soft-spoken Whisler is nothing of the sort. Realistic is a better-suited word, according to his coach, Bill Beasom. The kid did win a state title as an eighth-grader, and he’s also a three-time state freestyle champ, but after finishing fourth in the OHSAA State Wrestling Championships as a sophomore last year, Whisler isn’t settling for any consolation prizes.

“Everyone’s goal is different in wrestling,” Whisler said. “Mine is to be a state champion.”

He’s doing everything he can to be just that.

Read more about Whisler and his season in the Sunday Sports in the Tribune Chronicle.