Carle Place/Wheatley senior wrestler Shawn Mosca has committed to Division 1 University of Maryland and accepted a scholarship furthering his academic and athletic career in the Big 10 Conference.
Mosca said he picked the University of Maryland because of the opportunity to wrestle for a top team in the country, as well as pushing his academic abilities to earn a degree.
“Their wrestling team is in a building stage and having sent three guys to nationals this year was an amazing achievement for them,” Mosca said. “During my recruitment, I looked for a team I could help build into a national powerhouse and that’s what I hope to provide in my years at Maryland. What also stood out to me was the push the coaches and staff provide the wrestlers with to not only achieve success in the wrestling room, but success in the classroom as well.”
During his time with at Carle Place/Wheatley , Mosca captured two Nassau County titles, two All-State honors and was named All-County four times.
Mosca was also named New York State finalist and entered his final campaign as one of the top ranked wrestlers in the country.
As a member of the Ascend Wrestling Club, Mosca competed on the national level and earned All-American recognition. During his time with the club, Mosca has also served as a mentor for the younger athletes, volunteering his time.
Head coach Zak Korman said Mosca has been with the varsity squad since eighth grade and the wrestling program has played a major role in helping him reach the next level of his athletic career.
“Since he had shown incredible promise, we sought to get him the best possible competition to prepare him for the quality wrestlers he will see at the next level,” Korman said. “He was privileged enough to participate in the New York State championships three times and was able to compete in the prestigious Eastern States Classic, which is by invitation only, as a junior and senior. Seeing this quality competition on a regular basis has been preparing Shawn to take this next step.”