“Max was a valued member of the Reivers wrestling family and we are shocked with the news today.” Said Head Coach Josh Watts, “Today hurts on many levels and it will take time to recover from our loss. We will grieve, we will miss him, and most importantly we will honor him with our daily effort and our pursuit of our goals.
Hughes, 21, a native of Syracuse, Nebraska won three state titles at three different weight divisions as a standout for the Syracuse High School wrestling squad and was readying for the start of the Reivers season in January.
Christian Miller, Hughes’s friend, and a fellow wrestler was also killed in the accident.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Max Hughes. It is a tragic loss for everyone who knew him. His enthusiasm, passion, and thirst for life will be missed. Max’s teammates are deeply mourning his passing and will bond together as a team to honor his memory and embody his strong character and work ethic.” Said Reivers Director of Athletics, David Miller, “As well, I would like to express my condolences to the family of Christian Miller and the Husker Wrestling program. The wrestling community is close-knit and will come together to ensure that the memory of these two young men continues.”
Details on services, condolences and memorials will be provided when they are available.