St. Michael High School senior, Dane Harter, has been selected to represent the United States at the 2018 Austrian Junior Open in Greco-Roman wrestling.
Harter is the first athlete from Louisiana to be named to the United States Junior Greco-Roman team, and the first student in the history of SMHS to hold this distinguished honor. On February 28, he will travel to Gotzis, Austria, with 20 other athletes from across the country, to compete with the best wrestlers in the world.
The selection process is based on skill and ability. After attending a summer camp at the US Olympic training site for Greco-Roman wrestling, Harter caught the eye of Northern Michigan University coach, Rob Hermann. “He said he’d like for me to try to make the trip and I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss. I’m extremely excited to represent the USA at an international competition. Very few wrestlers from Louisiana have ever had that opportunity and I’m very lucky to be in that elite group,” says Harter.
Harter also mentions he’s been preparing for the meet with his coach, John Kent, in New Orleans. “Coach Kent is an NMU alumni and knows Coach Hermann. He’s an excellent Greco-Roman coach, probably the most knowledgeable Greco-Roman coach in Louisiana.”
Harter is a 6-year wrestling veteran and a current college prospect for Ithaca College, Northern Michigan, Luther College, and more. He is also the 2018 Louisiana State champion in the 182-pound weight class.