Luke Holsinger is a three-sport athlete who has been described as a leader with exceptional work habits. In addition to his major focus on athletics, he has pursued activities such as DECA, while maintaining an excellent GPA.
Starting out in various sports when he was young, Holsinger began wrestling in middle school. He was inspired to pursue the sport, in part, by his older brother, who was a successful state competitor in high school.
“I like the one-on-one aspect. It promotes the competitive nature in me because you don’t have to depend on a team,” he said.
His wrestling coach, Peninsula assistant principal Mark Nickels, said Holsinger is a person who perseveres in meeting his goals. One example was Holsinger’s determination after he dislocated his elbow in his junior year.
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“This is typically a season-ending injury; however, I watched Luke maintain his focus,” Nickels said.
As a result, Holsinger was cleared to resume during the week of district competitions, and eventually placed fourth at state.
“His teammates look up to him, and his worth ethic and leadership make everyone in the room better,” Nickels said.
In addition to serving as the wrestling team’s captain twice, Holsinger was instrumental on the football team. Assistant football coach Peter Pratz called Holsinger one of the “fiercest competitors” he’s coached in 22 years.
“His leadership was critical in our team success and helped us reach the state quarterfinals for the third year in a row,” Pratz said.
Holsinger says he’s just as competitive in the classroom as he is on the field, even while having to balance his many commitments.
“You have to have the work ethic. You rise to the occasion, and then it becomes a habit,” he said.
Last year, Holsinger placed third nationally in a DECA stock market game. With a partner, he simulated a $100,000 stock market portfolio. The financial field is one of his interests, along with engineering. He plans to choose a career later but has decided that it would be related to math.
His plan is to study at University of Washington while continuing his involvement sports. Holsinger said that getting into a top college of his choice was the result of his focused efforts.
“I gave it 100 percent and did everything to the best of my ability, and that hard work has paid off,” he said. “I feel like I have my life lined up.”