EHS Wrestling’s Meara Hayes Commits to Lakeland University
June 14, 2022
Standout senior female grappler Meara Hayes has committed to continue her academic and athletic career at Lakeland University.
Hayes, who also ran track and cross-country during her time at Ewing High School, started wrestling in 8th grade as a member of the Fisher Middle School wrestling team. She was part of the Blue Devils’ program all four years of high school. At the age of 17, she started competing at the national freestyle level. Hayes qualified for the New Jersey National Team in 2021 and the Marine Corps Junior & 16U Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota. She has qualified again this year and will once again compete in the high-level competition.
A stellar student and president of Ewing High School’s National Honor Society, Hayes was recently honored with the prestigious Debbie Marks-Lake Award and Scholarship at Ewing High School’s Senior Award night. She will major in Exercise Science along with getting a music minor, and be a part of the school honors program after being accepted for her outstanding academic achievement during high school.
Lakeland University, located in Plymouth, Wisconsin, is a private university that was founded in 1862. It has a total of 2,511 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. Hayes joins a growing women's wrestling team that will be looking to replace departing senior Katelynn Gunderson, who represented the Muskies at the NCWWC Northwest Regionals last season.
“This has been a real dream come true for me and I would like to thank all that helped me get here,” Hayes stated. “First, thank you to my family and friends for having been there for me at the hardest of times. Then, I would like to thank all my coaches and trainers I have worked with through the years for always pushing me to do my best but also to remember my limits. Lastly, I want to thank the amazing teachers I have had over the past 13 years of my education for helping me become the well-educated woman I am today.”
“Meara is truly an embodiment of what a student-athlete should be,” EHS Athletic Director Kyle Kaminskas stated. “She has tremendous drive and determination, as well as outstanding team and school spirit. We are excited about her future at Lakeland.”