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Ryan Hutchinson chooses Iowa Wesleyan

May 10, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Ryan Hutchinson (middle) poses with his high school coaches on the left and soon-to-be college coaches on the right.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


Ryan Hutchinson has made a lot of memories at East Lake Park during his high school soccer career, and he’ll have a chance to make some more at the next level.

Hutchinson has decided to attend Iowa Wesleyan University next fall where he will play soccer.

Hutchinson has been a big part of the Mt. Pleasant boys’ team in the past few years and currently leads the 6-3 Panthers with nine goals and five assists.

“For a while, I just thought of Iowa Wesleyan as just that college that was in my hometown,” Hutchinson says. “But in the past year, I had a friend who I played with over the summer and he kind of told me about how he was going there and the team was looking pretty bright.”

The Tigers were taken over by new head coach Tony Odorisio this season and improved their win total and conference win total from the previous seasons. IW’s five wins were the most the school has had since the 2012-13 season.

“I’m super excited for the program,” Odorisio said about the signing. “It shows progress.”

Odorisio said he was excited to bring a Mt. Pleasant player in right out of high school. Hutchinson will be the second Panther to play for Odorisio in his time at IW.

Bo Vitale, a former MPCHS player, returned to soccer after being forced out of the sport due to injury and played for the Tigers this season, and Odorisio says bringing in another Panther is a sign of the program’s progress in Mt. Pleasant.

He also talked about what Hutchinson can bring to the team, saying he looks ready to play at the next level.

“He’s got that Iowa Hawkeye fight in him that you need,” Odorisio says. “You need that hard, grinding fight in the college game and he’s got it right now.”

Hutchinson plans on studying psychology and, if possible, minoring in business.

The Panther senior says conversations with Coach Odorisio helped him make the decision to stay in Mt. Pleasant. He says being able to live in his hometown and continue to play at East Lake was a factor in his decision.

“Definitely (it does), I know this field pretty well,” Hutchinson says. “And plus, I can always go home and get some free dinner if I want.”


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