Hamel will go down as one of the finest to ever wear a Cadet wrestling uniform. On top of being a three-time placer at the New England Championships, Hamel had a historic senior season where he led all of Division III in wins. His 46 wins during his 46-8 senior season still holds the record for the most single-season victories in NU wrestling history.
Hamel was a two-year team captain, and during his senior year where he went on to win All-American honors after placing third at nationals. The Cadets finished the 1997-98 season with an overall 12-2 team record in duals and finished second out of 14 teams at the New England Championships with all 10 members placing.
Hamel recalls his fondest memories of Norwich as “being around the team and being around the guys,” he said. “It’s a lot of the little things that I remember, the journey and the great friends I made.
Hamel wrestled under the tutelage of Jessie Castro for his first three seasons and then his senior year with Rich Hasenfus.
“I got the best of both worlds with my coaches,” Hamel said. “At first when Coach Castro left I thought it was a major loss, but looking back I gained other things. Both coaches had two different skill sets and I’m pretty fortunate because I don’t think I would have become an All-American if I didn’t have that.”
Nowadays, David and his brother, Paul, own the Hamel Brothers Landscaping business that they have run for the last 12 years. He lives in Natick, Mass. with his wife Holly and four kids; Gavin, Grace, Quinn and Chloe.