By Steven Kochersperger
Mount Vernon alum Alex White has had a great time since leaving Southern Indiana four years ago to be a part of the wrestling program at Purdue. While many high school graduates leave town to never return to the place they grew up, White has fond memories and love for Mount Vernon. He credits the town and school for helping him become the wrestler and person he is today at Purdue.
“I am grateful that there are people back home that have an interest in me and the Purdue wrestling program,” White said. “I love being at Purdue, but there is no place like Mount Vernon.”
White grew up in Mount Vernon but made many trips as a kid to Lafayette to visit family that lived in the area. While making these visits White would find himself on the campus of Purdue University intrigued and in awe of the size and beauty of the campus. What seemed so big and confusing back then now is home for the Posey County native.
White found himself on that campus as a student about four years ago not knowing what was in store for his future as a student and college wrestler. The transition was not the easiest but White feels the combination of classes and athletic responsibilities has made him a better person. “I feel that the combination of classes and wrestling at Purdue has helped shape me in to a well-disciplined person,” White said. “With several hours of class and practice each day along with mandatory study tables and studying on your own, free time can be hard to find. I think that I have become a much more responsible person.”
White redshirted as a freshman and the next couple years was a backup on the Boilermaker team, wrestling only when needed. This past season he had the opportunity to be a starter and White took the chance to wrestle as hard as he could and learn as much as he could. Redshirting his freshman year gives him the opportunity to wrestle one more year and White is now completely focused on taking all he has learned as a collegiate wrestler and leaving his mark on the program he loves this next season.
This season White found himself in a nerve racking situation in the national duals against Wyoming. The Boilermakers were up 17-16 going into the final matchup of the meet. White stepped to the mat knowing that whoever won his match was going to lead their team to the victory. It was the first time in his wrestling career that he had been put in that situation. But White overcame the situation beating his opponent 4-1 bring home the victory for Purdue.
And while White has enjoyed his time as a Boilermaker, it is Mount Vernon that he still holds close to his heart. “The people I wrestled with during my career at Mount Vernon were some of the best friends that I will ever have,” White said.”We had a very large group of guys that stuck together all the way from elementary school until we all graduated. It is always a pleasure when I get time to come home and see these guys.”
White is majoring in Law & Society with a minor in Forensic science. He plans on finishing up and graduating in 2014 and hopes to get involved in law enforcement and coaching. And while no one knows their future, one thing is certain for Alex White.
By Steven Kochersperger
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