"Rematch is even more appealing than the original, with surprising plot
developments that will keep readers turning the pages to see what happens next. Wrestlers and fans will especially appreciate Hertel's ability to realistically
portray action in the wrestling room and on the mat. The author's description of
the climatic rematch  is especially compelling for its rich detail and intricate
"There are a ton of valuable themes in this book for young adults. Messages about work ethic, fallibility of mind / body / spirit, overcoming that fallibility, importance of loyalty, importance of good sportsmanship are excellently touched upon."
"H.L. has written something that can be enjoyed by teenagers, adults, wrestling
fanatics, or anyone else."
"Hertel does wrestling right. This is a book for both young and old alike. Coaches, parents and wrestlers will connect with the story."
"To Be The Best is a novel that is not only worthy of consideration for wrestlers and their friends and families but will also appeal to individuals who may not know the difference between a takedown and a touchdown. It is a great read for anyone who has felt the competitive fire burn within their hearts."
"Whether it's about physical battles on the mat or emotional struggles off the mat, To Be The Best captures the realities of high school wrestling very well. Hertel knows his stuff when it comes to telling a compelling wrestling story." Jeff Beshey - The Guillotine (Minnesota Amateur Wrestling)
Kirkus Discoveries says, "...the depth of Hertel's obvious knowledge of wrestling and his ability to build psychologically realistic characters makes this a startlingly interesting read."
The Grand Forks Herald says, "Hertel's passion and respect for the sport is clear as a reader flips through the pages of To Be the Best. The novel is about more than just wrestling, however. It also focuses on the struggles of teenagers - their triumphs and downfalls during the high school years."
I not only enjoyed it thoroughly, but I can't wait until the second book
comes out!! I have been recommending it to all my wrestling friends and
non-wrestling friends! I think "To be the Best" would make a perfect movie!!!
To Be The Best has a five-star ranking on Amazon.com with readers calling it: - “Fantastic!”
One Amazon reviewer also commented on 12/29, "I bought this for my 15 year old son, who loves wrestling and hates reading! He
got it on Christmas day and has not put it down since."