Your Town Marshfield: Sam Mitchell’s Division One Experience

Your Town Marshfield: Adjusting to D1
Updated: Jun. 6, 2021 at 5:55 PM CDT
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MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAW) - Marshfield’s Sam Mitchell was a star in high school. By the time he graduated, he had won a state championship.

“All I ever wanted to do was win that state title and I finally did it. And it was crazy,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell won the 195-pound state championship, capping a senior year in which he went 49-1.

But shortly after he concluded his dominant high school senior season, he had signed to wrestle at the University of Buffalo. With it came a learning curve.

“There is not a single person in that room that won’t be you up the first few days and it is very tough,” Mitchel said.

Mitchel went from being the state champion in a room to be one of many others. He knew the adjustment to Division One would be tough. He was surprised at how difficult the adjustment was.

In his first practice, they put him up against a teammate who had just won a national championship. He lost.

“I remember I was on the verge of quitting,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell stuck with the sport and finished his freshman year 3-6. Last month, he placed second at the national U23 Team USA trials.

“It didn’t happen overnight. There were a lot of tough nights and mental breakdowns. But I think I’m starting to get the hang of it,” Mitchell said.

His career isn’t done and he has many goals in mind, including being an All-American next year and qualifying for Team USA. But his start was in the gym, where his name hangs on the walls and the mindset he learned in practices carries on.

“Always working hard. Always training [for] guys you want to beat,” Mitchell.

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