Each year Myrmidon selects a wrestler that excels at the sport of wrestling through mind, body, and soul. Whether it be personal goals reached, or the highest level of competition won, the most exceptional athlete is awarded this most prestigious honor.
Jeff Anderson represents the soul of the Myrmidon family. During his career he has found new ways to advance himself to the highest stage possible: the world finals. In high school, Jeff was not a varsity wrestler. Not content with the outcome, he decided to wrestle in college at Elmhurst College in Illinois. He ended up his tenure there without an All American status. Most wrestlers would have given up, but luckily Jeff is not an ordinary wrestler. He has spent the majority of his life working on the mat with a tireless fervor. His dedication to the sport has paid off. Anderson now has numerous veteran national titles in all of the three major styles, as well as a few world medals in Greco-Roman.
It is easy to lose focus when the goal is off in the distance. Wrestlers seem to disappear in the summer, and their goals of being a state champion slip quietly into mere dreams. Not for Curtis Stewart. A junior from Holland High School, Curtis knew that he wanted to do better than he did the season prior. He spent is winter in a garage with a propane torch to stay warm working on his drills. He wrestled every weekend in the spring at freestyle and greco tournaments. He paid his dues. And when the dust settle, Stewart won his very first Greco-Roman State Championship in May.
Few wrestlers can create an impact with their careers that the shock waves end up creating a renaissance in the sport. Miguel Correa is one such wrestler. Correa's stellar high school career was a high point not only for himself, but a feather in the cap of the Myrmidon coaching staff and team. A 2x all state wrestler, Correa still inspires those around him to excel. He is currently competing at Grand Valley State University where he aims to win a national title.
There is a level of uncertainty that comes with a new venture. The thrill of success, and the dread of failure are all too familar for a wrestler. Jared Lancaster in his first year of competition embraced these concepts and carried them into battle. He spend hours in the room perfecting his craft, so much that he earned the moniker of "the Horse" for his work horse ethics. He capped off his season winning the a 2010 Border Wars national title.