Two Swedes sign to compete at college level
Two Gothenburg High School seniors signed their names this week to scholarship offers to continue their athletic careers in college.
Mitch Spiegel will wrestle at Northwest Kansas Technical College and Tyler Aden joins the football team at Concordia University.
Throughout high school, Mitch Spiegel wrestled at 106 pounds.
He’s looking forward to the opportunity to put on a few pounds after signing to compete at 125 pounds in college.
Competing at the college level has been a goal of Spiegel’s since he learned no Swede wrestler has gone on to the next level on scholarship.
“I made it my goal last year to be the first one from Gothenburg,” he said.
Finding a school that offered both wrestling and a degree in diesel mechanics was a challenge for Spiegel but he found the combination at Northwest Tech in Goodland, KS.
Spiegel finished his career tied for the most wins in a career at GHS with 146.
Spiegel ends his high school career with 261 takedowns, 116 first takedowns and 832 team points.
Speigel was a four-time state qualifier and ended his senior year with a 36-10 record.
He is the son of James and Shaun Stevens and Rod Spiegel.
Ever since Tyler Aden was a little kid, he’s had his heart set on playing college football.
“It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said.
So when the opportunity to play on scholarship at Concordia University in Seward, arose, he jumped on it.
“I like the school and had a good feeling about the team,” Aden said. “I think it will be a good fit.”
Aden was a standout running back for the Swedes last fall collecting 1,139 yards rushing with 12 touchdowns and a two-point conversion to contribute 74 points.
Concordia coach Vance Winter said he knew from the first film he watched that Aden was a good football player and he wanted him at Concordia.
“He jumped out at me as a guy who does a lot to help his team,” Winter said. “And he’s a good kid.”
Aden will play running back for the Bulldogs and plans to study agri-business.
“I’d like to come back here and get into farming,” he said.
Aden is the son of Christy and Brian Aden.