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Hoover Award goes to Goshen's Detwiler

Goshen senior Laish Detwiler has earned the prestigious Rollie Hoover Wrestling Award.

Detwiler was given the award on Wednesday by Hoover’s nephew Mark Fioritto.

Detwiler is the 28th winner of the award, which was first given out during the 1997-98 school year.

The scholarship award, which is given out to the most outstanding senior wrestler in Elkhart County, was established after Hoover passed away in 1997.

Hoover was the varsity wrestling coach at Elkhart and Elkhart Central High School.

“He’s well deserving of it,” said Goshen Athletic Director and varsity wrestling coach Jim Pickard about Detwiler. “He’s worked hard. He had a great wrestling career at Goshen.”

Over his final three years of wrestling at Goshen, which came at 175, 182 and 170 pounds, Detwiler compiled a 120-19 record and was a two-time state qualifier.

This past wrestling season, Detwiler finished 42-3 and was a sectional and regional champion and finished third at the semi-state. He lost to Lawrence North’s Michael White in a first round match at the state finals. Detwiler finished eighth at the state finals as a junior.

That last high school match might have been Detwiler’s last competitive wrestling match.

“He’s not sure about what college he’s going attend and he’s undecided if he’s going to wrestle or not,” Pickard said.