When he was a little kid, Connor Moynihan dreamed of skating up and down the ice as a star in the National Hockey League.
But when he first tried wrestling as a sixth grader, he realized it was on the mat, not on the ice, where his future was the brightest.
This morning, Moynihan, a senior at Grand Haven High School, signed his national letter of intent to wrestle at Central Michigan University.
“I’m really excited to continue wrestling,” Moynihan said after signing his letter of intent. He was joined at the ceremony by his parents, Brian and Michele Moynihan; his sister, Brianna; his coach, James Richardson; and more than a dozen teammates and friends.
Moynihan placed sixth at the Division 1 individual state meet at 171 pounds his senior season, and was fourth as a junior.
As a sophomore, Moynihan qualified for the state meet but did not place.
Moynihan finished 40-5 his senior year after sporting a 47-4 mark as a sophomore.
Not bad for someone who didn’t join the sport until he watched his older brother wrestle.
“We moved here from Illinois when I was in fifth grade, and that year, my older brother didn’t make the basketball team in seventh grade,” so he started wrestling, Moynihan said.
“So I started wrestling when I was in sixth grade, and I loved it right away.”
Moynihan has a busy summer planned. He’ll make his way up to Mount Pleasant for the start of summer classes on June 24. In addition to wrestling, he’ll also take a class this summer.
“I’ll be there most of July, then I’ll be back here in August,” Moynihan said.