Full Name: Hunter John Meinzen
Birthday: November 21st, 2002
Wrestling Club: Sudden Victory Wrestling Academy
School: Florence Carlton School
Hometown: Florence, Montana
Weight Class: 98 lb.
Most significant wins/accomplishments: 2014 Regional and National Champion; Montana State Triple Crown Winner
Reigning from the great state of Montana, Hunter Meinzen has been a terrific addition to the HERO Quest. As the reigning Montana Triple Crown Winner, Hunter is fully aware that wrestling is an individual sport and that personal accountability is an integral part. But Hunter enjoys all the aspects of wrestling, and how it has made him better off the mat as well. Hunter sees respect as one of the most important parts of all, and he believes that how a wrestler deals with a win or a loss is a very important representation of a wrestlers respect for his opponents and the sport as a whole. So read on to find a little bit more about Hunter and how wrestling has helped shape his life.
Why do you enjoy wrestling?
I like wrestling because it teaches me to be disciplined in not only wrestling but in all aspects of my life. I have fun doing it and I make a lot of new friends.
What is the most important thing wrestling has taught you?
Wrestling has taught me how to work hard and have personal accountability. It's just me on the mat so that's all you can blame.
What's the best advice your coach has given you?
My coach always tells me that if I stay tough and focused in my head then I will be tough on the mat.
How do you handle tough defeats?
I believe you earn respect from others in the wrestling world by the way you take wins and losses. When I lose, I am disappointed but just study my films and change what I see wrong for my next match.
What's your proudest achievement as a wrestler?My proudest moments were in 2014 when I became Regional and National champion and when I won the MT State Triple Crown.
How old were you when you started wrestling?
I started wrestling when I was 5!
What is your favorite post-tournament meal or treat?
After a tournament I have a big breakfast and I love frozen yogurt.
Do you have a favorite song that gets you pumped up before a practice or match?
What is your favorite wrestling move?
I like to use the Blast Double Leg.
Who is your Hero/role model?
Cael Sanderson. He is wrestling!
What is your favorite subject in school?
I think social studies is my favorite.
What is your favorite movie?
I love all of the ROCKY movies.
Do you play any sports aside from wrestling?
I play football too!
Do you have any favorite hobbies outside of sports?
My family has a cabin so I spend a lot of time water skiing, hunting, and fishing. Anything outdoors is fun!
What are your goals for this season?
I want to get stronger both mentally and physically.
What are your goals for your wrestling career?
My long term goals are to wrestle for Iowa in College and wrestle in the Olympics.