Prince Georges Journal Article
SMWC High School Senior Success Stories
September, 1998

Who says off-season wrestling doesn't pay? Southern Maryland Wrestling Club added another chapter to its long history of successful college placements this summer with the signing of the last of it's 11 regular high school seniors to full or partial college wrestling scholarships, the Hardnett twins (Gwynn Park), Joe Hinshaw (Riverdale and Westlake), and Matt Pecha (DeMatha). Four of the club seniors signed with Division I schools for next year.

Overall numbers are impressive for the club which draws primarily (but not completely) from the Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia wrestling communities. Last year the club signed 11 senior members, 9 to Division I schools, while in 1996 eight seniors received scholarships. In all, 51 seniors from the club have received wrestling scholarships since they started keeping signing statistics six years ago, primarily through the efforts of Club Head Coach Bruce Gabrielson. Interestingly, records are only kept for active members, those who participate in club events on a regular basis. The numbers could actually be much higher.

According Coach Gabrielson "Seniors seem to forget that many schools are still looking for kids right into the summer months. I've had calls from coaches all spring and they keep calling into July on a regular basis. I've even had several coaches call me about next year's seniors they should be looking at. I really don't understand why some seniors give up working out and looking a few months after their season ends. Until a senior has signed, he should be out there going to everything. The money is there for those who want it."

SMWC's head coach has even been instrumental in finding scholarships for non-SMWC members on occasion. Among his placements last spring were a Delaware wrestler who went to Missouri, and a California wrestler who was brought to Maryland.

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