Skyler Hittle is having a great end to his senior year. He just signed with Ft. Hays State for wrestling and he one of the leading pitchers and hitters for Concordia, as well as being the Panther’s go to guy on first base.

However, the beginning of the school year was a test. In the very first game of the season, the senior defensive end got hurt making a tackle.

“The next thing I know, I got up and I thought maybe I just broke my toe or something like that,” Hittle said. “Later on we found out it’s called a Lisfranc Injury. I tore a tendon in my foot that connects all the bones together.

Hittle tried to play through the pain for a few games, but finally had to get surgery. Ending his football season.

The surgery also took away most of the defending state champion’s wrestling season. Hittle had the goal of defending his title, so he kept up his conditioning on the bike and in the pool and made it back just in time to go to regionals and wrestle his way to state.

Hittle was on fire the first day of state, pinning his opponents, one after the other, to advance to the final round.

“After winning the state title last year, that was my goal, to come back and just tear it up,” Hittle said.

After coming all that way, he senior fell in the title match up, but he said the community really supported him and helped him through the disappointment.

Even though all of that is in the past, Hittle says he learned a lot from the experience.

“You can’t take anything for granted,” Hittle said. “Every day you’re just lucky to be out here because in a blink of an eye it can be taken away from you.”