By Andy Knapp
Andy Dobben is becoming one of Bellarmine’s top wrestlers, despite his knee injury keeping him out most of last season. Coach Spencer Adams, however, said he remains optimistic about his future.
“Andy is a very talented wrestler who brings intensity to the practice room. His first year, he beat some nationally ranked individuals and was close to making a national tournament appearance. Coming off a redshirt year, I expect him to have a breakthrough season. He is very competitive and will help lead this young group of guys,” Adams said.
Wrestling teammate Corey Knoth said the same of Dobben,
“Andy is an awesome teammate. He’s there for everyone on the team. If you have questions about classes, need help with technique, or if you’re going through something and need to talk, he’s always there.”
Dobben’s goal for himself is to make it to nationals this year.
“I feel like, for myself, that’s always the goal,” said Dobben.
Dobben got into wrestling when he was 4 years old. He had three brothers, so he grew up with plenty of opportunities to start his career. As Dobben got into wrestling, he focused on becoming like the greatest wrestlers of all time, the ones that every wrestler looks up to: Steve Austin, Ric Flair and other famous wrestlers.
Dobben was a transfer from St. Catherine’s, a school located just 45 minutes from Bellarmine. He transferred after his freshman year when the school closed.
Over his past three years at Bellarmine, Dobben said his skills have improved dramatically.
“He’s ranked pretty high already in the region this year and I think by the end of the year, he’ll be ranked higher. Come time for regionals, I think Andy will be more than ready to get what he’s been working for,” Knoth said
Dobben said: “I feel like I’ve definitely gotten better, and the kids in the room that have come in the past couple of years really push me to get better every day. I’ve been doing for a long time, but I still feel like I’m getting better.”