Senior Austin Stevison decided he would like to continue his wrestling career at the collegiate level.
Junior Chris DeBien, who won state in the 113-pound competition last season, has also committed to UTC.
Stevison, who wrestled at 126 pounds last season, was impressed with the UTC wrestling program, led by former two-time state champion Bradley Central wrestler and Cleveland High coach Heath Eslinger.
“They have a really good program and like quality wrestlers who enjoy the sport. They want good kids all around,” Stevison explained. “The visit went really good. I enjoyed hanging out with the wrestlers — it was really fun.”
According to Cleveland head coach Jake Yost, UTC has been interested in Stevison for some time now.
“I think that UTC has always been interested in Austin. They’ve asked about him since he started wrestling in ninth grade,” Yost explained. “He has an extremely good work ethic and is always putting forth 100 percent effort. Austin is just an all-around good kid.”
Coach Yost knows that the transition from high school wrestling to college wrestling is difficult, but believes Stevison will handle it well.
“It’s a tough transition, but I think he’s the type of kid that can do it. He loves the sport and is a real hard worker,” Yost commented.
Stevison, who hopes to wrestle from 133 to 141 pounds in college, says that practicing is one of his favorite parts of the sport.
“My favorite part is probably practicing and always getting better. I also enjoy hanging out with my teammates,” Stevison stated.
After a highly successful sophomore season where he went on to win at the state level, Stevison feels his junior season could have gone better, and intends to correct things this year.
“I came up a little short of what I wanted to do last year but I did all right,” Stevison said. “I would like to win state and also win it as a team again. I don’t want to fall short like I did last year. I want to go All-American like I did in my sophomore year.”
One of Stevison’s other goals for his last year at Cleveland is to get straight A’s throughout the entire school year.