Leesburg, VA (June 25, 2016) – Tuscarora graduate Spencer Reed will wrestle for Wilkes University beginning the 2016/2017 academic school year.
“I liked the atmosphere of the wrestling team and the area surrounding Wilkes, said Reed. It reminded me a lot about Leesburg.”
Wilkes University is a private institution located across a 27-acre campus in the urban setting of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. U.S. News & World Report ranks Wilkes 83rd in it’s 2016 Best Colleges Regional North edition, and the Economist ranks Wilkes 25th in the nation for economic value.
“I’m excited to continue my wrestling career with Wilkes, shared Reed. After meeting all the coaches, and learning what both the program and school were all about, I knew it was the right place for me.”
Reed’s head wrestling coach will be Jon Laudenslager. Jon Laudenslager will begin his 13th season at the helm of the Wilkes University wrestling program. During his tenure as head coach, Laudenslager has led Wilkes to a dual match record of 187-77-5 (.708), which includes eleven winning seasons. Prior to his appointment as head coach, Laudenslager served as an assistant coach for the Colonels for three years. Under Laudenslager’s guidance, the Colonels have become a consistent force in Division III, ranking as high as 5th nationally after finishing the 2013/14 season with a 18-3 record, an East Regional Championship title, all while sending six wrestlers to the NCAA tournament.
“My first year I would like to compete for a varsity slot at 125 pounds, learn from my new coaches, get stronger, and adjust to studying and college life.”
As a four-year varsity starter, Reed has had quite a successful wresting career for the Tuscarora Huskies. He holds the following 13 of 24 school wrestling records: reversals-match (tied-4), reversals-season (36), reversals-career (99), near fall 2-match (5), near fall 2-season (31), near fall 2-career (68), near fall 3-match (5), near fall 3-season (38), near fall 3-career (89), 1st period takedown-season (32), technical fall-season (7), technical fall-career (15), and wins-season (44, 2015/2016).
“Spencer has been a dedicated and disciplined wrestler throughout his years at Tuscarora, shared head wrestling coach Andrew Bango. Wrestling all four years, he became enamored with the sport and fell in love with it. During his junior and senior years he was elected captain by his peers and was an incredible leader. He has never stopped growing in skill, technique, and strength and I expect great things from him in the future. I cannot wait to see what he will do at Wilkes University. I am truly proud of all he has accomplished and will miss him greatly at Tuscarora next year.”
When asked about one of his fondest high school wrestling memories, the 2016 Conference 14 Champion, VHSL 5th place state finisher, and 2016 All-Loudoun Wrestling selection in the 113lb weight class shared, “Winning the 2016 Loudoun County Championship was my fondest high school wrestling memory. I came so close in 2015, and set my sights on it my senior year. Winning that championship showed me I had reached an elite level and had achieved a goal to be one of the best in Loudoun County. After winning it, I was so happy! I jumped into my Father’s arms which was a great Father-Son-Coach-Wrestler moment.”
Asked what advice he would give other pursing their dreams, Reed shared, “Never give up on a goal or dream even if it seems impossible. With hard work and dedication you can always achieve greatness.”
Please join us in wishing Spencer the very best in his success on the wrestling mat and in pursuit of a degree in Criminology and Personal Training at Wilkes University.
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