Adams Central’s Waite becomes first Hastings girls wrestler to sign NLI

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Published: Nov. 15, 2022 at 11:03 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - For what is believed to be the first time in history, a Hastings-based high school girls wrestler signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in the sport at the college level Tuesday.

Adams Central’s Kaley Waite signed to wrestle at Hastings College after competing in the sport for just two years.

“It set in the second I hugged my coach after and I was about to cry, but it’s amazing,” Waite said. “Especially because this program here started last year, being that bench here and in that leadership role is amazing. Having a coach that is positive, having somebody that’s going to support you and just staying close to my roots and my support system, truly.”

Hastings College women’s wrestling coach Cara Romeike emphasized Waite’s potential and attitude as key contributors in her recruitment to become a Bronco.

“To have somebody local sign for the first time, that’s just really cool in itself,” Romeike said. “It’s just kind of symbolic of the first of many. Kaley just came in and the moment that I met her I knew that her attitude was everything that we wanted. I’m just really looking for people with that much potential.”