Bozeman youngster Hofmeister enjoying early success

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Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 11:42 PM.

SPRINGFIELD — Cameron Hofmeister would wrestle against a 21-year-old and he wouldn’t offer one complaint if asked to do so.

That’s saying a lot for anyone. It’s says a great deal more given the fact he’s only 13.

The 106-pound Bozeman wrestler improved to 11-1 after the Ram Quad meet on Thursday. The seventh-grader was thrust into action at 106 in replacing Jonah Savage, who had trouble making weight and has instead patrolled 113 most of the season. Bozeman coach J.D. Raybourne said Hofmeister’s addition to the lineup helped avoid forfeits in the lightest weight class and he admitted there weren’t lofty goals placed on the first-year competitor.

“He has exceeded our expectations,” Raybourne said. “He’s shocked us all and has really taken to wrestling like a duck to water.”

Hofmeister earned a forfeit win in the Bucks’ first dual match with Arnold. He won his second match against Bay’s Logan Acree in 19 seconds by pin fall and again earned a forfeit against Rutherford. Someone joked with Raybourne that Hofmeister should be put into a match at heavyweight just to have a bout.

“Oh, he’d do it,” Raybourne said.

Hofmeister agreed and said he entered the sport without nerves or fear. He has two older brothers, including one on Bozeman’s team, and wrestling and horsing around toughened him, he said. The rookie learned to stand up for himself at an early age and it’s translated on the mat, as he faces opponents as much as five years older.

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