Academic All-Star: Luke Hoose

By Mike Peal

January 16, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 7:35 PM EDT

Tioga Center, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Tioga head wrestling coach Josh Roe says in today's world, a lot of student athletes want instant gratification. If they're not good at something immediately, they want to quit. But that's not the case for Tioga's Luke Hoose.

"Probably one of the hardest working kids I've ever coached," Roe said.

High school wrestling is a grind.

"You're trying to break another guy until he eventually makes a mistake," Tioga head coach Josh Roe says it's the sort of sport that makes you want to quit.

Especially if your career starts the way it did for Luke Hoose.

"Getting here, I knew almost nothing when I started," said Hoose. "Basically, I lost just about every match."

"Luke, his freshman year, had 1 varsity win," Roe said. "His sophomore year, had 5."

But Luke stayed with it. Now, as a senior, he's working on back-to-back 20 win seasons. It's that grind-it-out mentality that's helped him get here.

"I went and I tried to beat the older guys every time, even if it didn't work," Hoose said. "I just wanted to grind it out and make myself better."

"He has done that just by staying focused, always working, always putting out 100 percent effort," Roe added. "He's the last kid out of the room asking me a question about this position, or this strategy."

Luke tackles academics the same way.

"Come home from wrestling practice, I'm tired; I've still got to go get all of my homework done, " he said. "I've got a lot of homework. It's just a matter of working hard and grinding it out."

Luke takes a full course load of mostly college level classes. With a grade average of 102, he's on his way to being the valedictorian in June.

"He puts so much effort into each and every single assignment I ever gave him that I've rarely seen his equal when it comes to academics," Hoose's coach said.

Luke is considering two colleges for an engineering degree. One of them, Brigham Young University. Luke belongs to the Church of Latter Day Saints.

"My religion takes a lot of self-discipline," he said. "It helps with wrestling, dieting and maintaining my weight, working hard in the room. It's just a huge mental advantage."

"He's just one of those perfect kids you want to coach and teach coming up through school," said Roe. "He's a perfect role model for our younger athletes."

"I'd say don't make mistakes," Hoose said. "But I try to keep them to a minimum and I try to do the right thing when I can."