Two Local Men Head to US Rowing Senior Trials

Luke Wilhelm (left) and Ezra Carlson (right) rowing

Luke Wilhelm (left) and Ezra Carlson (right)

Two Humboldt County men, Luke Wilhelm and Ezra Carlson, are getting ready to compete at the US Rowing Senior Trials at Mercer Lake in New Jersey. From there the two hope to advance to the World Championships.

The two have been representing both ends of the County in the rowing world. Wilhelm attended South Fork High School and Carlson attended Eureka High School but they only recently connected.

Wilhelm told us, “We just met each other at the beginning of the summer and started rowing together at the recommendation of the national team head coach.”

Last year, Wilhelm placed 15 in the World Championships from men’s quadruple sculls and Carlson placed 6th in 2016 World Championships for the men’s four with coxswain.

“Ezra and I believe we can compete and win,” Wilhelm said. “That trial is in New Jersey so the fundraising will help us travel and compete. Then, more importantly, it is for our travel and training in Bulgaria [at the World Championships].”

Watch the two rowing below. (Please give a moment for the video to load.)

Join in festivities with fans, family, and friends by going to their fundraiser Saturday, July 21 at the North of Fourth Bar at 207 3rd Street in Eureka. The event will feature the music of Brae Lewis and Richard Bitter from local bluegrass band Three Legged Dog with rousing songs to help with the festivities.

Note: Luke Wilhelm grew up with this reporter’s sons. He was a neighbor and friend.

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