Monday, January 7, 2013

WRESTLING: Pottsgrove’s Finn making switch from gridiron to mat look easy

Pottsgrove sophomore Pat Finn has made a seamless transition from football to wrestling this winter, racking up an 11-1 record so far. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)

By Don Seeley

LOWER POTTSGROVE — The difference between executing on a football field and a wrestling mat is somewhere around five-plus minutes.
Or so says Pat Finn.
“In football you need that short quick burst of energy, but in wrestling you need a six-minute burst of energy,” the Pottsgrove sophomore explained.
As uncomplicated as that may sound, it’s also rather demanding for athletes who step off the football field and right onto a wrestling mat, which Finn did a year ago and again this fall.
Being a two-way, All-Pioneer Athletic Conference selection as a lineman this past fall as well as a sectional wrestling champion a year ago, he’s more than qualified to recognize the difference. The fact he carries a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in the classroom sure helps him explain the disparities.
Plus, he’s equally committed to both sports, so he sure knows how to address the transition.

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