The words Will Schany used to explain his college choice are the same ones often used to describe Schany.
The whole package.
Schany, a three-time state wrestling champion, said Sunday that he recently gave his commitment to Virginia. He picked the Cavaliers over Nebraska and Iowa State.
“I kind of went with my gut feeling,” Schany said. “Great education, great wrestling program. The opportunity at Virginia was too good to pass up.”
One of five high school wrestlers in the state who will go for a fourth state title this season, Schany has a 122-8 record through three years.
He was Blair’s first state champion at 145 pounds as a freshman and followed that with campaigns of 41-1 and 43-1 at 170 and 182, respectively.
Since his junior season ended, Schany won the 170-pound title at the NHSCA Junior Nationals, was the 182-pound champion at the Rocky Mountain Nationals and finished as an All-American at the Disney Duals.
He took official visits to Nebraska and Iowa State and was strongly considering both before a trip to Virginia this month.
“Everything they showed me was pretty impressive,” Schany said of his trip to Charlottesville. “I felt good out there. I was really comfortable with everything.”
The plan for now is to start at 174 pounds as a freshman — in all likelihood a redshirt season — before moving up to 184. Schany is currently ranked No. 15 in the country at 182 pounds by Intermat wrestling.
Also a linebacker and running back on the football team, Schany gave some thought to going that route in college, but said the opportunities weren’t as abundant as they were in wrestling. His older brother Jake was a standout football player for Blair before receiving a scholarship to Ohio.
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