BRHS’s Trevour Chavez to wrestle in college

by Angela Denning-Barnes on April 10, 2013

Trevour Chavez takes down his competition. Photo by Dendra Chavez

Trevour Chavez takes down his competition. Photo by Dendra Chavez

School is in session for about another month which means most high school seniors have made plans about what they are going to do after school. Several will decide to further their education. One Bethel high school senior, Trevour Chavez, will not only be learning more in the classroom but also on the wrestling mat.

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The two-time state champion will be wrestling at North Dakota State University, a Division 1 school. He says he chose that school over others that offered him bigger wrestling scholarships for several reasons.

“I really like the atmosphere of the place. It was really nice,” Chavez said. “There’s a lot of friendly people there. They have a really good education program there. They have a really good wrestling team, and a really good wrestling coach. And it just felt like a really good fit for me.”

Chavez has a 3.66 grade point average.

He also has quite a wrestling record. He won state the last two years in the 160 pound weight class. He took second place his sophomore year and 4th place as a freshman. His overall high school record is 142 wins and 14 losses.

Darren Lieb is Bethel High School’s head wrestling coach.

“Trevour has definitely got all those qualities of becoming a elite wrestler in the next level,” Lieb said. “It’s been such a pleasure to have a kid like him in our program.”

Even though Chavez was dedicated to the sport in high school, he says wrestling in college will be on a different level. He knows it won’t be easy and says it will be kind of like having a job.

“Not only are you a full time student but you are a full time athlete,” Chavez said. “You have a couple of practices a day. And your life is college and wrestling. You spend a lot of your day either doing school work, going to class, and working out.”

The Y-K Delta is known for growing good wrestlers. So what is some advice that a Chavez would give to younger wannabe’s?

“The advice I would give is just to try to be a good student,” Chavez said. “A lot of kids kind of take that for granted but if you’re not eligible, then that means that you can’t travel on every trip, you can’t wrestle, and it means that you can’t improve. And the biggest and best way to improve is to get as much mat time as you can and as many matches as you can.”

Trevor Chavez is the son of Joe and Billie Chavez of Bethel.

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