Lawrence Trimble signing his letter of intent to wrestle at Millikin University next year. Trimble is surround by his family and Mt. Zion wrestling coach Dave Klemm.
By BLAKE FAITH
Mt. Zion wrestling senior Lawrence Trimble has signed his letter of intent to wrestle at Millikin University next fall.
Trimble wrestled all four years at the varsity level while also competing on the track and field team and played on the football team. Mt. Zion wrestling head coach Dave Klemm had to beg Trimble to come out for wrestling his freshman year.
Coach Klemm described Trimble as a freshman who came in at the 106 weight division. Trimble finished at the 160 weight division and Coach Klemm saw his development first hand.
“He grew mentally and emotionally,” Coach Klemm said. “He grew as an individual and became a leader while becoming more competitive. He’s just a good all-around package.”
Trimble learned first hand how to become a leader and achieve his goals while at Mt. Zion and will take that with him to Millikin.
“I learned that I can do anything basically, that I put my mind to,” Trimble said. I also learned to be a good leader as the other main thing.”
Klemm said that Trimble’s legacy on the wrestling program is doing exactly what he wants all of his competitors to do.
“We want them to get better in this program and then set a standard for the rest of the kids to follow,” Coach Klemm said. “We have a lot of young kids on our team this year. And Lawrence was definitely a standout leader for those guys, both vocally and physically. And the fact that he did so well, came from his freshman year all the way up to now and moving on to college. That says a lot. And that’s something for these kids to look up to and that’s exactly what I’m looking for.”
Trimble chose Millikin university for their wrestling program that looks to develop and for his major in Pre Med Biology. Trimble said that both went into his decision and Trimble is looking at 10 to 14 years to achieve his education.
Trimble’s academic goal for his freshman year is to make the dean’s list. Athletically he wants to learn a lot and have a good first year on his team while striving to be on varsity.
Coach Klemm’s final words of advice to Trimble were to stay humble, because it will be completely different at college.
“He needs to be humble, because it will be a lot different. It will be hard for him,” Coach Klemm said. “He’ll need to be patient and put in his time and keep working hard because his time will come. But very few people get to step right in and be the man right away. So he has to step right in and do his job and work his way up the ladder. And I think he’ll do well. And quite frankly, the main objective for him going off to college to be in academics first and athletic second, that’s why they call him student athletes. That’s exactly what it’s all about. He’s got the right perspective.”
Trimble will cherish and miss most about his time as a Brave is the faculty of the Mt. Zion school district.
“I will say the relationship I have with all the faculty,” Trimble said. I see them as family at this point. Just all the good relations and them wanting us to succeed all the time.