BDHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Class Of 2021: Mike Hayes




Michael “Mike” Hayes was a three-sport athlete at Beaver Dam HS, earning a total of 8 varsity letters across Football, Wrestling, and Track & Field. Mike was also the senior male Athlete of the Year in 2002.

Mike earned 2 varsity letters in football, where he earned All-Wisconsin Little Ten Conference honors as a junior and senior. He was selected Team MVP his senior year and earned All-State Honorable Mention status by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association.

In wrestling, Mike earned 3 varsity letters competing in the Heavyweight Division (275lbs) despite weighing only 220 lbs. Mike was a two-time Wisconsin Little Ten Conference Champion. As a senior, he advanced to the WIAA Division 1 State Wrestling Tournament, where he placed 3rd. Mike was selected as Team Captain and was a two-time team MVP. He finished his career with an 89-19 record, 52 pins, and 11 tournament championships.

Mike earned 3 varsity letters in Track & Field, where he won 5 Wisconsin Little Ten Conference championships in the shot put and discus events. Mike was selected as Team Captain and, following his senior season, was named Team MVP.

Mike was also active in the National Honor Society and Boy Scouts, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

After graduation, Mike attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) and majored in Biology with a Chemistry minor. He continued his athletic career in both football and wrestling. In football, Mike earned team Defensive Lineman of the Year honors twice. His senior season he was a Team Captain, selected 1st Team All-Conference and to the All-District Team. Mike was recognized as a scholar-athlete as a semi-finalist for the 2006 William V. Campbell Trophy (the “Academic Heisman” award).

In wrestling at UWSP, despite again being outweighed by over 50 lbs, Mike finished All-Conference runner-up 3 times in the Heavyweight Division (285lbs). All 3 of his losses were to the eventual NCAA Division 3 National Champion. He earned 3 Academic All-American honors and All-American honors twice– placing 5th at the NCAA Division 3 National Tournament in 2005 and 3rd in 2006. He was a Team Captain and was twice selected Team MVP. In 2006, Mike was recognized with the Max Sparger Award, given to the best senior scholar athlete by sport in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from UWSP, Mike continued his education in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where he earned his MD and PhD degrees in 2019. Among other recognitions, he was awarded the “Marion Dave Francis Innovator Award” by the Department of Biochemistry for the work that comprised his dissertation. He is currently continuing his training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Hayes is deeply appreciative of this recognition, and asked that his BDHS training partner, Mr. Josiah “Josie” Jacobs (BDHS class of 2000), also be recognized on this plaque. After graduating, Josie graciously returned to BDHS for two years to continue serving as a training partner in wrestling, coach, role model, and friend.