Torres Decides to Stay a Hoosier

Chesterton Wrestler Aidan Torres to wrestle at Indiana University


Brody Mehling, Editor of Sports

It’s always exciting when a Trojan commits their academic or athletic efforts to a College or University. That being said, CHS wrestler Aidan Torres has officially committed to Indiana University.
Torres has competed at the IHSAA State Finals every year of his high school career and hopes to make it back for the fourth time this winter. Last year he placed third in the 145-pound weight class and finished with an overall record of 43-2. Going into his senior season, Torres is ranked third in the state behind Center Grove’s Hayden Watson and undefeated Matthew Koontz from Perry Meridian.
The recruitment process for athletes can be a difficult time filled with multiple offers and communication from many different colleges. It can also be a fun experience for high schoolers looking to continue sports after high school.
“It was really cool, I only took 2 official visits to IU and Purdue and they were both really fun. I got to get to know the team and see what it’s like to be there at college,” explained Torres.
Competing at the collegiate level is definitely something most athletes strive to achieve. Some have that thought earlier in their careers than others.
“Middle school is when you really start thinking about it. I started talking to some of the wrestlers on the high school team and they were always talking about college, so that was an eye-opener for me,” continued Torres.
Torres has been leaning toward IU since he got into high school, but also wanted to utilize his opportunities to visit other places. When he took his visit to Bloomington, IN, it reinforced the feeling he had had all along.
“It [IU] felt like home. Even though it’s further than Purdue, the team, the coaches, and the campus made it feel like I was supposed to be there,” said Torres.
Competing in college athletics is an accomplishment regardless of what level, but participating at the Division One level definitely takes the best of the best. This can be overwhelming but also exciting for athletes. It is certainly a change of pace not only with the competition but also the training.
“Honestly I’m really looking forward to the practices and getting better. The practices at IU are on a whole different level at IU and I really see myself getting better there,” concluded Torres.
It’s very exciting that our very own Aiden Torres will be continuing his wrestling career at Indiana University next fall. If you see him, make sure to congratulate him for all of his hard work and dedication!