Wrestling: Messer earns IWCOA Academic All-State honors

RTHS junior one of two Hubs to be recognized for academic achievements


ROCHELLE — The Rochelle Township High School wrestling team finished the 2019-20 season with not one, but two IWCOA Academic All-State honorees.

Junior Noah Messer was recognized earlier this month for his academic and athletic achievements with the Hubs this winter. Messer competed at two weight classes (182 and 195) during his first varsity season, winning nearly 20 matches while also bringing home the Interstate 8 Conference Junior Varsity Championship at 182 pounds.

“I feel honored to be recognized for my hard work in both school and sports,” Messer said. “Both activities drive me to be the best I can be. I utilize my time during school so I can finish my homework and studying before I start practice.”

Messer is one of several talented juniors expected to return to the Rochelle wrestling program next season. Messer, who also starts as a two-way lineman on the varsity football team, is already working hard to prepare for his senior athletics, despite activities around the country being suspended or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve made the most of my time by lifting weights and doing agility drills,” Messer said. “I can follow the recommendations of my coaches in order to prepare myself for next season.”