Athlete Showcase: Dowagiac’s Mason Hiler
Mason Hiler is a senior on the Dowagiac wrestling team.
What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?
MH: Earning my varsity letter in wrestling as a freshman.
What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?
MH: Contracting impetigo as a freshman and not finishing the season, so I didn’t receive the letter that I earned.
Who is a “hero” in your life and why?
MH: My father, because through everything he has always worked to support our family.
When are you the most nervous while you are competing?
MH: For me, it’s definitely the moment you shake your opponent’s hand.
Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.
MH: When I had a postseason match against one of my best friends, who was on JV and losing 9-6 against him.
How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?
MH: I usually do push ups or go for a run.
What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?
Who would you say is your “biggest fan?” Why?
MH: My mother, because she grew up with wrestling and she knows how much it takes and how hard I’m working.
How would you give away $50,000?
MH: I would give $10,000 to the wrestling program and the rest to my family to help pay the bills.
If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?
MH: The Dowagiac wrestling team.
If I did not play sports, I would…?
MH: Probably be overweight and sit at home playing video games all day.
What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?
MH: Keeping my weight steady.
If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?
MH: I would keep it the way it is to be honest.
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
MH: Someone once told me that I have the potential to be a great wrestler.
What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?
MH: Being the ring bearer for my cousin’s wedding. I am very glad I did it.
What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?
MH: I watched someone come up from junior varsity into a varsity tournament and get first place.
What is your favorite hobby? Why?
MH: Playing Magic, The Gathering, because it’s full of strategy and I enjoy puzzles and things like that.
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