Havelock's Ellis going north to wrestle at Alma

Ellis

With coaches, school administrators and his father looking on, Havelock’s John Ellis signs to wrestle at Alma College on Friday at Havelock High. The school is located in Michigan. Ellis was a state qualifier the past two seasons.

Ken Buday/Havelock High
Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 03:02 PM.

Havelock High senior wrestler John Ellis doesn’t like to think about time off from his sport.

“We get a couple of weeks of break, but then we want to get back into it,” he said. “It’s like an addiction.”

Then it’s probably a good thing that Ellis will get the opportunity to wrestle for four more years after signing with Alma College on Friday at Havelock High.

The college is located in Alma, Mich., about 60 miles north of the capital Lansing. Ellis used to live in Michigan and said that Havelock assistant wrestling coach Chase Holleman was friends with one of Alma’s assistant wrestling coaches.

“I started contacting them when I was trying to find a college where I could wrestle,” Ellis said. “I sent them some highlight videos and some videos of tough matches and was talking to them, and they really wanted me to come up there and wrestle for them.”

He said the school made an instant impression.

“There’s only about 1,400 students up there, and the student to teacher ratio is like 12-to-1, so it’s very student-oriented,” said Ellis, who plans to major in computer science. “That’s one of the best things I liked about it. It’s just so compact and small. You could probably walk across campus in 10 minutes. I like the scenery and I like the town.



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