Weight drop pays off for Spring Lake's Hissom

Nich Wolak • Jul 22, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Spring Lake wrestler Josef Hissom was struggling to make his ideal weight of 160 pounds, so he temporarily turned in the towel, opting to wait until the postseason. 

It's a move that has paid off. 

Hissom, who wrestled the regular season at 171, won his first match at 160 — pinning Reeths-Puffer's Dustin Murphy in the Lakers' Division 2 team district loss to the Rockets last Wednesday — before finishing third at the Division 2 individual district at Sparta last weekend. 

Hissom will look to advance once again when he heads to Saturday’s individual regionals at Byron Center.  

"What made me finally decide to head down to 160 was looking ahead at districts and regionals, seeing who was ahead at my weight class," Hissom said. "It’s always good to see. People move, and I’m one of them, but you always want to see where your competition is at.

"Making 160 later in the season was just so I’d be ready to wrestle there when I got there. I thought I could win conference at 171, which ended up happening."

Hissom was in a position similar to many athletes who play football and wrestle — wanting to be big in the fall and small in the winter. Before he hit the mats, Hissom roamed the gridiron as a 192-pound fullback/linebacker. 

"You’ve got to be big to play with the big boys," Hissom said.

And while getting down to 160 took longer than he anticipated — Hissom even ended up running 5 miles before the team regional to shed the last few pounds — he said it wasn't that difficult of a process overall. 

"My friends make fun of me for my lunch every day — I don’t have that much food — but you just have to eat the right things," he said, noting that the Lakers’ intense practices help lose weight. “If you get your daily vitamins and your daily protein, and less total weight and calories, you’re going to lose weight. You’ve just got to be smart with what you eat."

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