PHILADELPHIA - This past Friday, Penn wrestlers Bryan Ortenzio and Thomas Shovlin were featured in the Harrisburg Patriot-News in its weekly College Corner column.
The two grapplers, who both hail from the central part of Pennsylvania where the paper circulates, were interviewed on why they chose to attend Penn and how their seasons are unfolding.
Ortenzio, in his third season as a starter for the Quakers, said of his time so far in West Philly, "I loved the program before and I love it even more today ... The academics, campus and city of Philadelphia ... I'm in my comfort zone here."
Shovlin, who has missed most of this season with an injury, has taken the opportunity to focus on his studies - both in the classroom as a neurological science major and in regards to hismat skillsas he prepares for his final season.
"Now, I can focus on academics [neurological science] and work on my technique," he said."With my history of injuries in college, it's a good thing to rest my body and get well for next year."
Penn's head coach, Rob Eiter, was also interviewed for the piece. He made mention of Ortenzio's leadership in the room, categorizing him as one of the mentors younger members of the team can look to for guidance.
"Bryan has been a very good leader, and that's very important because the other wrestlers watch his work ethic," Eiter said.
The second-year head coach also knows that Shovlin taking the time to rehab and recover is the best thing for the Harrisburg native.
"We won't rush him," said Eiter,"And I know that he is frustrated right now, but he has a ton of talent. Thomas at 80 percent can still go with the best of them. At 100 percent, he is one of the best."
For the complete story, click here. A PDF of how the piece looked in the Patriot-News can be found here.
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