Montini Catholic is congratulating senior Peter Christensen for his commitment to join the University of Wisconsin's Wrestling Program. Montini Catholic's accomplished athlete is looking forward to becoming a Badger in the fall of 2019.
Although his passion is wrestling, Pete is also a member of Montini's Student Government and enjoys cheering on fellow athletes in all Bronco sports as a member of the Montini Maniacs (spirit team). He has been honing his wrestling skills for over fourteen years - since the ripe age of four to be exact. "Wrestling has taught me so many values - dedication, persistence, passion and hard work," he said. "I've not only incorporated these into the sport, but also into my life." Earlier in the fall, Pete announced his decision, saying throughout his childhood his goal was to be able to compete in the sport he loves on the biggest stage. He is exhilarated that this dream is finally being realized.
No stranger to the spotlight, Pete has been keeping his Broncos in the wrestling headlines every season. Ranked #1 in the nation by FloWresling - he has secured two state individual titles (2018, 2019) and two all conference titles for these same years (195). He also earned the CCL Lawless Award for Outstanding Athlete this year. He was a state qualifier in 2017. His athletic gains were achieved alongside academic successes as he has also been named an Academic All Conference recipient throughout his time as a Bronco.
Pete is also a contender for the IWCOA Wrestler of the Year Award (along with teammate Jake Stiles) and will be honored at the All -State Awards Luncheon on April 7th (Palos Heights). Selections for this honor were based on the voting by the membership of the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association.
Currently, Pete is exploring career opportunities that would engage his interest in business, but is leaving his options open. His hard work and dedication earned him a multitude of college offers. Those he considered were from Iowa State University, Indiana University, University of Illinois, University of Nebraska and Oklahoma State University. In the end, he felt that Wisconsin was the best decision. "I chose the University of Wisconsin because I really like the coaches and I love the campus, it is beautiful," he said. "I started talking to the coaches and felt like they are great people and that they will be able to help me achieve my goals. Then, once I got to the campus, I absolutely loved it and just knew that it was the place for me!"
Peter's parents were overjoyed with the news of his decision to attend a Big Ten school. "They strongly encouraged my decision, but they were behind me no matter what decision I made," he informed.
"In addition to my family, I really want to thank everyone who has helped me along the way," he added. "The courses I'm taking (at Montini) and the teachers are really helping me to prepare for college."