Myers is glad snow kept him from going south

January 22, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Jeremy Myers and his wrestling talent were a blizzard away from going south to Campbell University.

In March of '93, Myers, then a North Carroll senior, had had one visit to Campbell postponed. The heavy snowfall that hit the East Coast late that winter canceled the other.

All the while, Messiah coach Neil Turner was keeping in touch with Myers.

"Coach Turner called and the blizzard hit -- I never did get down to visit Campbell," Myers said.

And now, Myers is happy, Turner is happy and Campbell University is left out in the cold.

The Messiah sophomore took up right where he left off at North Carroll, where he had an illustrious career that included a state title in 1992.

As a college freshman, he finished 31-5 and was the runner-up in the NCAA Division III East Regional.

Turner, in his fourth year at Messiah, said Myers is getting even better with age.

"He's a competitor. I would say this year, as a sophomore, he's growing in his intensity and physical nature, and that just comes with maturity," Turner said.

"He's a student of wrestling with good, basic fundamentals of attacks and counterattacks. He doesn't beat himself and that's based on his athleticism and technical foundation. He takes charge of the situation."

Myers (22-2 with eight pins) is comfortable with his decision to go to Messiah, where he's studying sports and exercise science.

He believes he's getting the best possible coaching for himself, is close to home and has his parents -- Ken and Donna -- at nearly every match.

"They've only missed one since I've been here," Myers said. "I'm only an hour away from my house; that was a factor."

It was his father, who also wrestled in high school, who got Myers interested in wrestling when he was 8.

He came up through the Manchester Wrestling Program under Ken Kiler and then wrestled for Dick Bauerlein at North Carroll. Bauerlein was inducted into the Maryland Wrestling Hall of Fame shortly before retiring last season.

Turner has 32 years' worth of coaching experience, including a 12-year stint at Division I Lock Haven before going to Messiah.

The fine coaching has always been there, and it shows.

"He has an excellent background in wrestling and came to me with an excellent foundation," Turner said.

"I didn't see him until I coached him. As soon as I watched him in that first practice, I was impressed with his technical foundation."

Among his wins this season is a first-place finish at the Florida Duals in Fort Lauderdale. Winning the tournament was one of Myers' goals. All-American status is another.

A win at the East Regionals would guarantee him an invitation to nationals, where he would need to place in the top eight to receive recognition. At-large bids also are awarded after regional competition.

Messiah (10-3 in dual meets) has wrestled a much tougher schedule this year. It's something Myers believes will benefit him at tournament time.

"That's what you want. You don't want to go to nationals not prepared, so I'm enjoying it," Myers said.

He also knows getting to nationals won't be easy.

"The weight will be tough again. The top three guys [in the region] are all back," he said. "I've beaten them all and they've beaten me -- a lot depends on the day. I hope it's a good one for me."

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