Wrestles with Poetry?
Riley Lefever '17
Riley Lefever is a four-time national wrestling champion. He was named the Most Dominant Wrestler by the National Wrestling Coaches Association in 2016 and 2017, and, as his teammates can attest, wrestling Riley is simply about survival. Some say he’s the greatest athlete in Wabash history; he might also be one of the most unique. Riley came to Wabash wanting to be a math major, but then he took English 101. “Coming to Wabash, I never would’ve guessed people would be writing articles about me titled ‘The Poet Who Plays With His Prey’ or that I’d be known as the ‘wrestler who dabbles in poetry.’ As a person whose sole identity was ‘wrestler,’ I have grown into and gotten involved with things I never would have imagined.” His senior year, Riley served as the head resident assistant on campus with the hopes of changing the stereotype that all wrestlers are hard-nosed and unapproachable. He was known for his thoughtfulness and humility, and rarely did anyone on campus see Riley without a smile on his face. “If something isn’t fun, I question why I’m doing it, so finding or providing the fun in things is a necessity in my life.”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.