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Athlete of the Week: Waverly-SR's Derifield

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Commitment has been the key for Waverly-Shell Rock's Spencer Derifield --

It's commitment that's made him one of the best wrestlers in the state of Iowa -- and it's commitment that makes him better each time he steps on the mat --

Go-Hawk Coach Eric Whitcomb said, "He's a hard worker, hard nosed kid, and you put all those things together and some determination, and you have some success."

As a freshman -- Derifield reached the state tournament for the first time in high school -- as a sophomore he made it to the podium finishing 8th.

But never satisfied -- he put in the work his junior year and finished on top of the 3-A 152 pound weight class -- and a reminder of the commitment that got him there hangs prominently on the wall of the Go-Hawk wrestling room --

Derifield said, "It was amazing. It was what I'd been working for since I first started wrestling in front of all those fans just getting my hand raised and that's motivated me to want that feeling again."

While a second state title is one of the senior's goals -- he's not just focused on himself with the Go-Hawks eyeing a team title --

"That's our goal. We know we can do it. We're starting to think others think we can do it, too, but the most important thing is we know we can do it."

Derifield's teammates Andrew Steiert and Kaleb Staack also sit a top the rankings at their respective weights -- and overall 9 Go-Hawks sit in the top 10 as the team tries to capture the 10th state title in school history --

"We've been talking about it all year that come February we're going to put ourselves in a position to win a team title and I think we've made progress toward that all year."

And for Spencer Derifield -- never being satisfied and a commitment to getting better will be key to reaching the top once again.

"We're not competing to where our best is yet, coaches always tell us we're just working up til the end, and that's when we'll be at our best. I'm feeling pretty good, but I know I've got a lot to work on."

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