Schroeder signs with Bellarmine wrestling

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Southridge's Sam Schroeder signed his letter of intent to wrestle for Bellarmine University Thursday morning. From left: Mother Sara Schroder, Sam Schroeder, father John Schroeder.


HUNTINGBURG — Sam Schroeder enjoys things that are hard, and maybe that’s what led him to sign his letter of intent to continue his wrestling career at Bellarmine University (Ky.) Thursday morning.

The Southridge senior began wrestling at a young age, but hated it at first. He grew to love it, appreciating the opportunity that wrestling gave him.

“I love the competition and hard work that it takes to be a good wrestler,” Schroeder said.

“We asked him when he was younger, ‘Why do you love this so much?’” Father John Schroeder said. “He said, ‘Because it’s hard.’ To me, I didn’t understand that initially, but over the course of time, because so many things are within his own control and destiny. Wrestling is a sport to where you can outwork other people. You can put in the extra time, and Sam’s always been that kind of a kid for things that he’s really passionate about.”

Sam has enjoyed plenty of success at the high school level in his four years on the mat for the Raiders. He’s qualified for the regional tournament all four years. Sam has won three sectional championships, including this year in the 160-pound class. He’s also a three-time Pocket Athletic Conference champion, a two-time PAC team champion and two-time sectional team champion. Sam has also attended some of the most distinguished wrestling camps in the country, graduating twice from the JROB Wrestling Intensive Camp. He received the Black Hat Award at the 28-day camp in Wisconsin for being the hardest worker and best leader in his group.

He said he might not be the best wrestler, the fastest or the strongest, but vowed to work very hard when he competes for the Knights.

The recruiting process began for him this past summer, notably generating offers from Wabash College, the University of Indianapolis and Lindenwood University (Mo.). However, Sam will now have the privilege of wrestling at the NCAA Division I level after visiting Bellarmine twice. He made his decision in January.

“As soon as you step on the campus, you know that’s the place,” he said. “Bellarmine has a lot of things to offer that Southridge brought to me, and the same style that they run their program.”

Bellarmine reminded him of home because the Knights are hard workers and not flashy.

Sam intends to engage in Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling this summer to help him with hand fighting. He plans to major in psychology at Bellarmine.

However, he has yet to finish the last chapter of his high school career. He’ll be competing this weekend in the regional tournament.

“Personally, the sky’s the limit,” Sam said. “You could do whatever you put your mind to. My ultimate goal of what I want to do is be top four on the podium (at the state finals).”

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