Heart of a Champion
Cam Phetxoumphone stepped on the mat for what would be the final match of his High School career. The 2x defending Class 2A Iowa state champion would have his work cut out for him this year. His opponent, Kale Peterson, was a defending class 1A champion himself before transferring schools. Cam had the lead up until the final 32 seconds of the match but couldn’t recover from a takedown by Kale. Cam left everything on the mat that night and although he didn’t capture his third state championship, he left the arena as one of the most decorated wrestlers in the history of Webster City High School.
The Phetxoumphone family traces their origins to Sainyabuli, Laos but now call the small town of Webster, Iowa home. Iowa is known as much for producing corn as it is for producing wrestlers. In fact, wrestlers with ties to Iowa have represented team USA at the last 24 Olympic Games. “All my friends and one of my cousins were in the sport of wrestling and they asked me to give it a try and it was the best decision of my life”, said Cam.
Cam won his first Iowa State Class 2A title his sophomore year a feat that he repeated as a junior. His most impressive accomplishment came in 2021 when he brought home a National Championship from the 2021 USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals. Cam wrapped up his high school career with an impressive record of 158-8, with six of the losses occurring his freshman year. He will be announcing his college commitment in April of 2022.
About this Article
Information for this article is from Cam Phetxoumphone, the Freeman Journal, and the Des Moines Register. Photos courtesy of Cam Phetxoumphone.