Bethlehem Catholic heavyweight Andrew Dunn plans to be a lot lighter this coming wrestling season.
This is because he made the decision Wednesday to commit to Virginia Tech, ending a long and sometimes stressful recruiting process that will allow him to head into his senior season without any distractions from that end.
"It just feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders," he said. "This will just allow me to just focus on wrestling in my senior year and winning another state team title and winning an individual gold medal."
Dunn came close last season, finishing third in the PIAA 2A tournament. But the Golden Hawks will be stepping up in class this season to 3A.
"We're ready to take that on and do what we have to do to continue to win," he said. "That's important to me, being the senior captain."
Dunn owns a 100-35 career record that also includes two District 11 championships and a Southeast Regional crown.
He never gave Virginia Tech serious consideration until visiting the campus in the spring. But shortly after he arrived, that dynamic flipped to where he never really gave serious consideration to any of the others who were courting him.
"In my time down there, [it] went from not even being in my top five to my top choice," Dunn said. "Just being on the campus with the coaches and the athletes, I knew I would feel comfortable going to school there and getting a great education and furthering my wrestling career. … They say you just get that feeling, you know when you find the right place. That's what happened."
Hokies coach Kevin Dresser showed up at Dunn's house Wednesday with what Dunn called "a substantial offer" to make him feel even better about the way he was leaning and seal the deal.
Dunn, who is more of a natural 220-pounder in high school, was recruited and projected as a heavyweight for the Hokies, who likely will allow him to take his time to develop by redshirting him right away.
"Virginia Tech prides themselves on being big and strong," he said. "Big and strong wrestlers are better than guys who are cutting a bunch of weight. I just look forward to getting up there and getting stronger and bigger and being one of the best teams there is."
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