GRANGER TWP. — Adam Kluk just completed a dream career with Highland’s wrestling program.
The senior was a three-time state place, multiple-time All-Gazette selection and left the school as one of its leaders in career pins.
Now Kluk has had had another dream come true with a chance to wrestle at the collegiate level for Division II Findlay.
“It feels very good to be wrestling in college,” he said. “It had always been a dream of mine to compete at the next level.
“I am not sure if I can make an impact right away or not, but I really can’t wait to help my new team out in any way possible.”
In March, Kluk recorded a career-best third-place finish in the 195-pound weight class at the D-I state meet — his third trip onto the podium — with a 10-3 decision over Aaron Tschantz of Barberton.
It was the perfect way to end a postseason in which he cruised to titles at the Suburban League, Medina Sectional and Cleveland District tournaments en route to finishing with a 45-5 record.
The 5-foot-8, 205-pounder won 33 of those bouts by pin, giving him 119 for his career and making him a top prospect for a host of schools in the region.
“Findlay stood out to me because of the beautiful campus,” said Kluk, who also was considering Notre Dame College, Kent State, Michigan and John Carroll. “I knew it was a good academic school.”
The 18-year-old will join an Oilers program that was ranked as high as sixth in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll this past season. Findlay also sent four wrestlers to the NCAA D-II Championships, two of which earned All-America honors, en route to a 15th-place finish.
In 2011, veteran coach Shawn Nelson guided Findlay to a third-place finish at nationals, the best in school history, along with winning the program’s first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference crown.
“Findlay seemed to balance school and wrestling very well,” said Kluk, who plans on majoring in business and accounting. “The coaches are willing to put in the time to help everyone reach their goals and get better.”
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