The wrestling program at Adrian College (Mich.) is creating a pipeline of sorts with the amount of Ohio talent that’s going to be making its way to the Division III school located in Southeast Michigan.
West Jefferson senior wrestling standout Jake Burns will be one of a collection of Ohioans who will join the Bulldogs wrestling program this fall, after he signed a commitment letter this week during a signing ceremony at the high school.
“I just liked the environment there, I don’t like big classrooms and everyone there is just really nice and personable,” Burns said.
Burns was a two-time state placer for the Roughriders is looking forward to being a part of something growing at Adrian.
“They’re re-building the program up there,” he said. “The new coach has a bunch of Ohio kids coming in, they have eight Ohio state placers coming in this fall which is good.
“You don’t know how you’re going to do in college until you get there, everything I’ve done up to this point will help me. I work hard, I don’t give up. It’s a hard transition to college wrestling, I think what I’ve learned from here will transfer over.”
Roughriders coach Nick Christopher thinks Burns has what it takes to be a success at the next level.
“He’s a hard working kid, he works for detail, we wants perfection,” the coach said. “You can see that in the practice room, on the mat and in the classroom. And not just that, on how he carries himself in school. He’s a role model.”
“Wrestling is everything to me, I’ve been waiting 18 years to get to college and to have it paid for with wrestling is amazing,” Burns said. “It’s something I love to do and I’m looking forward to doing it in college.
“Everything I do I can get better at, you’re never the best.”
Burns plans on majoring in photography.
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