Middleton's Meicher picks Minnesota

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Rob Reischel
Kevin Meicher, one of the top wrestlers in Middleton High School history, selected the University of Minnesota recently./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The past year has been a stressful one for arguably the finest wrestler in Middleton High School history.

As Kevin Meicher tried sorting out his future, the Cardinals’ star weighed bigger colleges against smaller ones. He judged them on education, fit and where various coaches envisioned him in the lineup.

Finally, when Meicher added everything up, he decided the University of Minnesota was his perfect next home. Meicher made a verbal commitment to the Gophers last week. Athletes can sign their national letter of intent beginning on Nov. 14.

“The process was definitely a long stressful one and took a lot of contemplation,” Meicher said. “I had to weigh out a lot of things such as if I would start or where I would be giving myself the best opportunities for academics and athletics.”

Meicher has had a brilliant career at Middleton.

He won a state title at 126 pounds as a freshman in 2016. As a sophomore in 2017, Meicher reached the state finals at 138 pounds, but fell to Sun Prairie’s Drew Scharenbrock.

Meicher jumped up to 152 a year ago, where he fell in the state semifinals.

Meicher’s impressive résumé made him the target of Division 1 programs like Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as several smaller schools. But Meicher developed a close relationship with Gophers assistant coach Trevor Brandvold in recent years.

Brandvold was an assistant at Wisconsin for six years alongside head coach Barry Davis, who left after last season. Brandvold was hired by Minnesota, stayed in close contact with Meicher, and was instrumental in getting the Middleton standout to become a Gopher.

“He recently got the job at Minnesota and we kept in touch,” Meicher said of Brandvold. “But he really was one of the first coaches to reach out to me, so that kind of set the close relationship I have with him now. After meeting all the other coaches and future teammates, as well, I realized how close of a family they were and I loved that.”

Meicher plans to major in business and liked the program Minnesota has. He also expects to compete for a spot at either 157 or 165 pounds right away.

Add it all help and Meicher believed Minnesota was the perfect place for him.

“Just all in all the opportunities are endless in the Twin Cities and I believe I can use that to my advantage,” he said. “Ultimately I felt Minnesota was best for me. It’s not too far away from home and not too close, but I believe it will provide me with the opportunities to succeed in the future.

“The Gophers are one of the top programs in the nation and that’s exactly what the atmosphere will feel like. The competition in the practice room is what will make myself and my teammates better, so I’m looking forward to it.”

 

 

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