Lakers Add State Champion Day to Wrestling Roster

Photo courtesy of John Rucosky, The Tribune-Democrat
Photo courtesy of John Rucosky, The Tribune-Democrat

By: Dr. Richard Midcap, President, Garrett College

McHENRY – Northern Garrett High senior Jordan Day, the Maryland Class 1A/2A state champion at 152 pounds, has become the second state champ to sign with Garrett College's new wrestling program.

"Jordan is a kid with a very high ceiling," said Garrett College head wrestling coach John Chambers.  "Even winning the state championship this year, Jordan's still just touching his potential at the next level."

"I'm just excited to be part of starting up a team and I'm looking forward to big things in college," said Day, who indicated he's interested in the college's new Sport Management degree program.

Garrett signed its first state champion, West Virginia 152-pound titlist Davy Mundy, early in the recruiting season.  Mundy, meanwhile, played a key role in recruiting Berkeley Springs High teammate Tanner Clark, who recently committed to the Lakers after reaching the 220-pound West Virginia finals.

"When I found out Davy was going there, he talked with me about it and how Garrett was going to be the first JuCo wrestling program in the state," recalled Clark.  "I thought it would be awesome to be part of that."

Clark overcame an ACL injury, which kept him out for a significant portion of the season, to reach the state finals.

"It was pretty tough," Clark said of the road back from the ACL injury.  "I lost my first two matches when I came back.  I told myself I was going to have to work my butt off in the wrestling room, in the weight room, and in physical therapy if I was going to be successful."

The Lakers also announced the signing of Keyser High senior Steven White, this year's third-place state finisher at 285 pounds. 

"Steven's really good academically," Chambers said of White.  "As far as wrestling goes, he has very raw talent – but he has the raw strength to go with it."

Garrett Beaulieu, a teammate of Day's at Northern Garrett, also recently signed with the Lakers.  The two Northern Garrett grapplers will be joining forces with Southern Garrett standout Jacob Sweitzer, a fifth-place state tournament finisher at 126 pounds who signed earlier with the Lakers.

Alex Darr, who was a state qualifier in 2016 at North Hagerstown High, also recently signed with the Lakers.

"Alex is a quality kid and a quality wrestler," said Chambers.  "He has the ability to be really good at the next level between 184 and 197 pounds."

Chambers said recruiting is going very well.

"We're at 15 including signings and commitments, with virtually all of our weight classes covered," said Chambers.  "I'm very pleased with where we're at, both in numbers and the quality of wrestlers.  These kids are going to step on the mat and make us competitive right away."