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Havlik leaves Wyoming, signs to play baseball with DWU

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Mitchell native Brent Havlik has left the University of Wyoming wrestling team and has signed to play baseball with Dakota Wesleyan University.

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Havlik, a three-time state wrestling champion for the Kernels, cited health reasons for quitting wrestling and leaving the Division I school.

He is done with wrestling, he said, and he chose not to elaborate on his health issues. He will not be a member of the DWU wrestling team.

"I'm at peace with it," Havlik said of being done with wrestling. "It's something that will always be a part of me."

Havlik was enrolled with the University of Wyoming and was on its wrestling team the past two years. He was a redshirt in 2012-13 and went 16-14 as a freshman on varsity last year.

Havlik is one of two three-time state wrestling champions in Mitchell High School history. As a sophomore and as a junior, he won the 160-pound Class A championship. He moved up to 170 pounds as a senior and won his third straight championship.

The 2012 MHS graduate will have three years of eligibility for the Tigers. A left-hander, Havlik will pitch and play outfield.

Havlik was a four-year letter-winner for the Kernels in wrestling and football, while playing baseball on the Mitchell High School Spring baseball team for four years and the Post 18 Legion squad for two.

"We are very excited to have Brent join the Tiger baseball family," first-year DWU baseball coach John Greicar said in a release. "We are eager to see what he can bring to the team with his athletic ability and it's great to welcome a hometown kid to DWU."

Havlik said he's looking forward to playing athletics back in his home town.

"I get to be around a community I'm familiar with, play with some guys that I know, and I guess I'm just looking forward to playing a sport that I love and helping out where I can," he said.

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