Scouting Out The Scouts: Charlie Heydorn


Nick Fontana, Staff Writer

Each week Scouting out the Scouts will profile one successful athlete. Last time, we checked out Maggie Volpe’s success.

Over winter break, Scouts Wrestling came back with some pretty impressive wins. They dominated the Glenbrook South tournament, having five wrestlers place in the medal rounds along with team captain Charlie Heydorn winning his weight class. Heydorn took down the 4th ranked wrestler in the state from Batavia.

Heydorn, the 3rd ranked wrestler in the state, has been wrestling for 12 years and has never missed a beat. Whether that was wrestling for two fantastic programs in Izzy style or Poeta, or being on two national teams in Team Illinois and Team Elite, Heydorn dominates wherever he goes.

“While Charlie is out wrestling on the mat, it is clear that the team looks up to him. Being a D1 athlete, Charlie has a huge impact on the team’s attitude and overall confidence as well as an intimidating factor against the other team,” said teammate Quinn Mulligan.

Heydorn also placed 7th at his USA Wrestling National meet, putting himself as one of the top wrestlers not only in the state but in the nation as well. This astonishing feat did not go unnoticed, as Heydorn was then contacted by many Division One schools to come wrestle for them.

On Dec. 8, Heydorn announced his commitment to Ohio University to further his wrestling career at the Division One level.

“I’m super excited to take my skills to the next level of wrestling at a Division One program. I had a lot of choices of schools to wrestle at and I concluded that Ohio was the best fit for me due to their strong program and great coaches,” Heydorn said.

As for the Scouts wrestling team, that’s all Heydorn is focused on at the moment: “Being ranked 3rd in the state, I have high expectations to not only place at state but to win a state title for LFHS. Our team has been working really hard in the room this year and I’m looking forward to seeing some of the guys make it down to state.”

The state tournament will begin Feb 17, so there is still plenty of time for Heydorn and the rest of the Scouts to make a statement for not just themselves, but for the team as well.