Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Geoff Magin
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 4:58 PM
School: Quaker Valley
Claim to fame: Geoff Magin capped off his senior wrestling season by placing sixth at 195 pounds in the PIAA Class AA tournament Saturday.
The final chapter in his high school wrestling career highlighted what he is capable of against other future Division I wrestlers. Magin earned three victories — two pins and one decision — and lost three matches by eight-, three- and one-point deficits.
What does it mean to you to show you are one of the best in your weight class?
I wrestled some Division I commits this weekend, and I was competitive. I won a couple matches and lost some close ones, so it’s great knowing I’m right there with those guys. I’m still working on deciding on a college, so it’s great to show I can be competitive against anyone.
You and John Rocco Kazalas combined for 193 wins in three seasons at Quaker Valley. What do you hope is the legacy that you two have left with this program?
This whole experience has been crazy, especially this season. I can’t believe how well we did as a team, and individually a lot of guys exceeded what we thought they were going to do. JR and I have been together since the very beginning. We started out with the club at Moon in seventh grade. To end the season like this is special. I’m really proud of it.
This wrestling program was founded three years ago. What do you feel it means to be a Quaker Valley wrestler?
I think it means taking every opportunity you can to get better. It means getting extra workouts in when no one is telling you to do that and no one knows you’re doing that. It means stepping up and being willing to move around in weight classes without questioning it. It means sacrificing for the team to get more wins by buying into the program and trusting the coaches to get you to where you want to be.
What will you remember most about being a part of this program?
Everything with the team, and I’ll also remember all of the work our coaches put into us. It’s crazy how close we’ve gotten with our coaches, and we’ve only been with them for two years. I think that’s because they go the extra mile for us whether that’s meeting us, driving us somewhere when we need a ride, calling us and reaching out to colleges. They’ll do anything they can for us.
What’s next for you in college?
I’ve looked at some Division I schools. I’m really deciding on what the best fit is for me. I want to go to a really competitive program where I know the coaches are going to push me and where they really want me to succeed. I want them to push us to compete at nationals, become All-Americans and champions. And I want to be somewhere with great academics, too, which is really important.