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Andrew Shomers, a multi-time NYS qualifier for Lewiston Porter, racked up a 48-8 record last year on his way to second place at 145 pounds in the Division 2 state tournament. The Section 6 star committed to continue his wrestling and academics at Edinboro starting in the fall of 2015. New York Wrestling News caught up with Shomers to talk about his decision.
Last year you won more than 45 matches and took second in the state. Looking back, how do you feel about your junior season?
I think that my junior year was okay. With the way I’ve trained all summer, I think I’m ten times improved from last year. I believe I can win every match and a state title and hopefully be an All-American at national tournaments.
You mentioned big improvements. What aspects of your wrestling do you think you’ve improved most and who helped you get there?
I think I’ve always been tough on top, but I’ve added a lot to my arsenal. I also feel like I got a lot better on my feet. I credit my improvement to [former Buffalo All-American] Kyle Cerminara and my high school coach [David] Hockenberry, who ran a lot with me everyday. Also, I have to thank my parents, who pay for all my tournaments and training, get me everywhere I need to be and always support me.
What weight do you expect to wrestle this year?
I’m not 100% sure yet. I would say 145 pounds, or possibly 152. I'll probably wrestle 149 pounds in college.
You have a lot of wrestling ahead of you, but looking back, what would you consider your biggest high school win so far?
I would say my sophomore year against Anthony Orefice of Lockport. He had already placed in the state [twice] and he beat me my entire eighth and ninth grade years. [According to the NWCA Scorebook, the two met eight times during those seasons]. But then I beat him 6-5 at Lockport as a sophomore, which helped my team get a NFL [Niagara Frontier League] title. That was a big win for me.
Let's talk about the future a little bit. What were the main reasons you chose Edinboro?
I liked Edinboro as a kid. I went to training camp in the summer and fell in love with the school, the program and the coaches. I trained with Kyle Cerminara all summer and he coached there a few years ago. When he talked about Edinboro, I got more interested.
What other schools were you considering?
I mainly had my mind on Edinboro – I was pretty set on going there. There were some other schools that I had some interest in, like NC State.
What stood out to you on your visit?
I liked so many things about Edinboro, but what really stood out was the way they ran practice and the intensive workouts that they do. They’ve been very successful.
Andrew Shomers is looking to finish his successful career on top of the NYS podium in 2014-15. To see which other seniors have committed to colleges, see Recruiting Central.