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July 10, 2013

Peru's Hobbs earns lofty recognition

Wrestling coach is picked for state hall of fame.

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Ask Hobbs what about his tenure as coach got the attention of the Hall of Fame and he starts talking about all the people involved in the program, from people volunteering to help run events, to parents, and especially to the assistants.

"I give the credit to our people — they're awesome," Hobbs said. "It's a well-oiled machine in terms of knowing what we're trying to do all the time. I haven't had a parent meeting for years. The older parents kind of help the new parents, help them understand that they can trust what we do, that it's going to be a great experience for our kids. Our wrestling program is very involved in our community.

"I've had great assistant coaches — oh my gosh. Right now, I've got five coaches that are off the charts great. They pick things and run with them. They're great with the kids."

Hobbs said the Bengal program hit the ground running when he took over in 1995, thanks to a good group of freshmen. His own wrestling career did the same when he started wrestling as a middle schooler in Tipton County. He progressed rapidly and, wrestling at 185 pounds for Tipton, he eventually took third at the state meet as a junior, and fourth as a senior.

His experiences under several coaches shaped his coaching, and also helped him realize that he wanted to coach.

It started with youth coach Morrie King, then continued at the high school level with then-Tipton wrestling coach Dick Christie, and then-Tipton football coach Mike Tolle. Finally, when he was an assistant to Kenny Wallace at Princeton, Hobbs learned about building a program from the elementary level on up.

All those coaches played a big role, none bigger than Tolle.

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