Pictured front row left to right: Jodi Webster, Tanner Webster and Robbie Webster. Back row left to right, North Montgomery head coach Maurice Swain and Drew Webster
Pictured front row left to right: Jodi Webster, Tanner Webster and Robbie Webster. Back row left to right, North Montgomery head coach Maurice Swain and Drew Webster
LINDEN – Prior to his historic run to second place at the state finals, Tanner Webster had verbally committed to continue his career at Purdue University. Monday, the North Montgomery senior put pen to paper and signed his National Letter of Intent to fulfill that commitment.
Wrestling at 170 pounds, Webster capped his senior season under the lights with a second-place state finish. He was the New Castle semi state champion, placed sixth in the state in 2016 and earned four each of sectional and county titles. He was the Sagamore Athletic Conference champion twice and won the North Montgomery Holiday Duals twice, as well. He capped his career with a 49-2 record as a senior and the school record for career wins at 155-24.
“It’s the first Division 1 wrestler since I’ve been here for sure – and might be ever – so it’s a big deal,” said North Montgomery head coach Maurice Swain. “He’s knocking down walls. He’s gotta go and put the work in and keep working hard. I hope he keeps doing all the things he’s done in our room and takes it to the college level and if he buys into the program and buys into working hard he’s going to be successful.”
Webster will wrestle at 174 pounds and study Ag Business Management at Purdue. He’s following in the footsteps of his father in pursuit of that degree, saying that most of his dad’s side of the family has attended Purdue.
“It’s a huge deal to get in their ag program for our family,” Webster said.
The soft-spoken senior said the next step will be making the transition to a college student, making his way in the lineup and competing as a Boilermaker.
“It shows that anything is possible, even if you’re from a small school,” he said.
“College is not the place to go for a lot of social fun if you want to be successful academically and athletically,” Swain continued. “You have to go in there with the plan to put athletics and academics first over your social life. If he goes and sticks to the schedule they have for him and pushes himself every day he’ll be successful.
“Tanner works hard. He’s always wrestling. One thing about Tanner is that you can tell he enjoys the grind of practice and training. Some guys love to compete, but they don’t love to practice. When you go in a college room, practice is a big deal because the level of intensity is raised and you have to be ready to compete,” concluded Swain. “He’s one of the guys who’s going to rise to the top of the room no matter what. He loves to get better and grind.”