North Olmsted senior wrestler Kevin Kelly plans to further his academic and athletic career at nearby Baldwin Wallace University.
The 138-pound weight class representative compiled a 152-33 overall record in his career as an Eagle. As a junior he earned a state alternate spot and as a senior he went on to qualify for the state championships. Kevin was a tough matchup for the entire Southwestern Conference all four years as he placed 2nd in the conference as a sophomore, third as a senior, and was a first place champ as a junior.
BW is a Division III institution located nearby in Berea, Ohio. It is an exceptional academic school but also has had some rich history with its athletics, including the wrestling program. The 2017 Yellow Jackets were the ninth-nationally ranked team and won its second consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference Championship by increasing its single-season school-record victory total to 22 and went undefeated in the league for the second straight season. They are led by back to back OAC Coach of the Year Jamie Gibbs, who has composed a 70-29 record throughout his six years. Yellow Jacket student-athletes also excel academically, with the wrestling team being named the National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar Team of the Year for the third straight season and five student-athletes earned Scholar All-American honors for their efforts in the classroom.
Kevin expects to attend BW in the fall and major in Civil Engineering. Kevin’s two older brothers, Chris and Ricky, also wrestled at North Olmsted which helped Kevin fall in love with the sport. He likes to thank his brothers and mother Cheron for all of her support throughout the years.