Athlete of the Week: Alonzo Haack

Senior heads to sectionals for 1st time

Contributed photo Menominee Indian High School senior Alonzo Haack is headed to WIAA Division 3 sectionals for the first time in his high school career after securing the heavyweight title at the regional tournament on Saturday.

Athlete: Alonzo Haack

Sport: Wrestling

Weight class: 285 pounds

School: Menominee Indian High School

Year: Senior

Alonzo Haack earned Menominee Indian’s sole title at the WIAA Division 3 regional tournement on Saturday. The senior pinned state-ranked Brock Martinson, of Coleman, in 1 minute, 44 seconds to become the heavyweight champion. Haack, who has a 35-7 record on the season, will be competing at sectionals for the first time since starting for the Eagles freshman year.

Q What’s your favorite part about wrestling?

A Getting your hand raised and showing hard work pays off.

Q How does it feel clinching the heavyweight title against a state-ranked wrestler?

A It made me feel that I am ready for that next step at sectionals.

Q Was there a victory this season that was the most satisfying for you?

A The regional title, because it was the first state-ranked opponent that I had ever beaten.

Q What do you think contributes to you being a strong wrestler?

A Having a strong mindset and being mentally tough.

Q What have you done in the offseason to establish yourself on the team?

A I went to UW-Stevens Point Camp, Menominee Camp with Dennis Hall, placed first in the Indigenous Games, and hit the weight room.

Q What is your favorite memory so far of Menominee Indian wrestling?

A Going to the state tournament to support my teammate Antonio Mahkimetas.

Q What athlete do you look up to and why?

A Donovan Salewski, the heavyweight champion from Coleman (last year). He stepped it up and dominated Division 3 from regionals through the state tournament.

Q Do you have any pre-match rituals?

A Listen to music and don’t talk to anyone.

Q Favorite musical artist?

A Metallica.

Q Do you have a favorite quote or verse?

A “Don’t forget where you came from, but never lose sight of where you are going.”