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Amateur Athlete: SOU's Wyatt Hutchinson, OIT's Mitch Fink Bound by Athleticism, Best Friendship

Two of the most freakish athletes in southern Oregon are also two of the closest friends.

Posted: Sep 27, 2018 6:22 PM
Updated: Sep 29, 2018 10:53 PM

MEDFORD—Wyatt Hutchinson is the quarterback of the Southern Oregon football team. As a point guard, Mitch Fink is the quarterback of OIT basketball.

Their schools are archrivals, but they’re best friends.

"When I get married, that's going to be my best man for sure,” Hutchinson said. “We've already had these conversations as weird as it sounds."

They’re so close in friendship and so close in birthdate that they had a joint birthday party when they were 13.

"It was kind of like a little dance party," Hutchinson said.

"Eighth grade we were kind of separated, it was the boys and the girls,” Fink said.

“The parents were actually all in the same room so we were uncomfortable and him and I went up to our moms because they were the coolest moms. They went downstairs and the party started getting jumping,” Hutchinson added.

Wyatt and Mitch then went to Clackamas High School together—Fink leading the basketball team to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs, Hutchinson doing the same with the football team.

After graduation they went their separate ways, but only for a bit.

While Fink has been starring at OIT since he was a freshman, Hutchinson started his college career at Western Oregon, five hours away.

But he transferred to SOU in 2017, and the bromance was back in business.

"He was the first person I told when I was deciding on transferring. And honestly, I wouldn't say it was a big factor, but it was for sure a factor coming down here and knowing I'd be an hour away from my best friend," Hutchinson said.

"That's the perfect fit for him,” Fink said. “He's going to have fans, he's going to have a big crowd, and that's when he plays the best."

Mitch is one of those fans. He hasn’t missed an SOU home game this year.

"There's friends that you stay in contact with but for him to go out of his way two weeks in a row… it means a lot seeing his familiar face," Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson is sure to repay the favor during basketball season.

"It just gives me that feeling that I'm not alone,” Fink said. “Sometimes on the road you can feel so alone with all the fans rooting the other way but I know that I got him there, and I want to do well in front of him."

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