Willie Saylor, Editor
We throw around the phrase â€˜burst(ing) onto the sceneâ€™ often when describing the moment a new talent emerges as a national-caliber wrestler. Its overuse certainly mutes what Kenny Courts, of Central Dauphin High School (Harrisburg, PA) did as a freshman 3 years ago.
In October, prior to the start of even his high school career, Courts, then wrestling at 135lbs, bested some of the nationâ€™s top talent en route to a Super32 finals appearance, losing only, ironically, to Collin Palmer, who will now be his college teammate.
When the high school season came around two months later, Courts made waves around the high school wrestling community by knocking offÂ Dylan Alton while winning the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the Top Hat tournament, a feat heâ€™d reprise a few weeks later at the Beast of the East.
Two high school tournaments-two OWâ€™s.
Unfortunately for Courts, his freshman season would be cut short when he tore his ACL in competition.
His sophomore year saw him reach the state finals as he finished runner-up, before winning Beast of the East and capturing his first state title as a Junior, then up at 171lbs.
A highly sought after recruit all along, Courts made his much anticipated decision today, giving a verbal agreement to the Ohio State Buckeyes.
We had a chance to catch up with Kenny to discuss his decision to continue his career under Tom Ryan and the Buckeyes in Columbus.
WS: Why did you choose Ohio State?
KC: I always wanted to be a buckeye and I liked the coaches currently there. Ibelieve they will take me to the next level.
WS: What other schools were you considering?
KC: Maryland and Arizona State. Calling coach McCoy was the hardest part of the decision to be honest.
WS: What is your relationship with the coaches and wrestlers at OSU like?
KC: Me and the team got along great but I think the coaches were a great fit to me.
WS: What weight do you see yourself at in college?
WS: Do you anticipate redshirting?
KC: Most likely, but if the coaches think I’m ready then I’ll be on the mat.
WS: How do you see yourself fitting into the line-up?
KC: I think ill fit in great. If I didnâ€™t think that, I wouldn’t be planning to wrestle there.
WS: How is your knee holding up? Are there any limitations or worries there?
KC: My knees holding up well. You always are somewhat conscious about knees once you injure it, but I don’t have any doubt that Iâ€™ll be ready.
WS: What are your college goals?
KC: To be a couple time NCAA Champ and also to take full advantage of my opportunity to get a good degree.