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Intriguing Big Man Verbals to Hokies

Willie Saylor, Editor

In a week where nearly two dozen high school wrestlers made verbal commitments to Division I institutions, Virginia Tech Head Coach Kevin Dresser was sure to get in on the act.

On Tuesday the Hokies received good word from Pennsylvania standout, Dawson Peck (Chambersburg).
Peck, a member of our forthcoming Top Prospect Report at Heavyweight, becomes the third commitment to Virginia Tech’s incoming class of 2012. He joins HM-Sal Mastriani (157, Don Bosco, NJ) and #3-Huston Evans (197, St. Paris-Graham, OH), as future Hokies.

A lean and lanky 6’ 8’’, Peck is an interesting prospect. He’s experienced significant success on both the state and national levels, and despite wrestling as an upperweight, he maintains the motion, athleticism, and variety of moves more often seen at the lightweights.

A two-time Fargo All-American, Peck was 3rd as Sophomore at NHSCA’s.

At the PA big school state championships last year, Peck beat the field favorite, Cody Klempay, in the semifinals, 8-3, before falling in a wild, 10-7, finals bout.

Peck then went on to win a Junior National title at NHSCA’s.

Unfortunately for Dawson, while wrestling his way to a medal in Fargo this summer, he sustained serious ligament damage to his elbow. The injury will require “Tommy John” surgery and requisite recovery and rehabilitation time, forcing Peck to miss his entire senior season.

We caught up with Dawson to talk of both Virginia Tech, and his recovery process.

WS: Why was Virginia Tech the place for you?

DP: Virginia Tech has one of the best programs in the country. Coach
Dresser and Coach Robie laid out a plan for me which I felt gave me
the best opportunity to become a National Champion. The atmosphere
down there is extremely intense and I just know that I will love being
there for 5 years.

WS: How do you see yourself fitting in the lineup?

DP: The plan is for me that in the first year, I will
red-shirt and focus on lifting and getting bigger. Then, I will step
in as Heavyweight for 4 years, and hopefully win a National Title!

WS: What is your relationship with the coaches and wrestlers at VT like?

DP: I knew from my first conversation on July 1st with Coach Robie that I
would love to wrestle for him. Both him and Coach Dresser are super
nice guys off the mat, but as soon as it comes time to put on your
wrestling shoes, they expect nothing less than 110%. The wrestlers are
awesome and I know that spending 5 years with them will be great.

WS: Unfortunately, you’re going to miss your Senior year. What’s your
plan for your recovery and training during that time? Will you be able
to come back for NHSCA Sr. Nationals and/or Fargo?

DP: I am planning to do exactly what my doctor tells me. I am not going to
step on a wrestling mat until he tells me that I am 100%. There is no
reason to jeopardize my college career to rush things to come back. My
goal is to wrestle at NHSCA Sr. Nationals so that during my rehab, I
have a goal to work for.

WS: What are your college goals?

DP: My college goals are first to get as big and as strong as possible.
The coaching staff and I feel that the closer I am to 285, the easier
it will be to win the gold. Then, long-term, I hope to win a National
title and be a multiple time Academic All-American.

WS: What might you major in?

DP: I am Undecided on this, but it will be something involving math such
as Engineering, Business, Education, etc.

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