Multiple Teams · Hinkel reviving dormant Boone Grove wrestling program


There’s a different vibe on the Boone Grove gym balcony, a developing sense of worth, pride and accomplishment.

The wrestling program, hanging by a thread last season with six kids and zero morale, is starting a revival under new coach Dave Hinkel.

“I quit halfway through (last) season,” senior Alex Kacher said. “With the new coaching staff, I decided to come back. When we had a callout meeting, I asked him what he was going to do to make the team better and he said anything we need to do.”

 A collegiate wrestler at Miami (Ohio), Hinkel was an assistant coach at Benton Central, Portage and Merrillville, working with state-caliber wrestlers before stepping away to spend more time with his kids. The family moved into the Porter Township School Corporation when son Carson, who wrestles, was in seventh grade…

Click here for the full NWI 1/18/2017 Times article, written by Jim Peters.

Times pic 1-18-17

Photo courtesy of Jim Peters.

Front row:  Brett Morris, Carson Hinkel and Alex Kacher.

Back Row Micah Priest, Johnny Sullivan, Branden Hill and Mac Magiera.