By Joanna Chadwick
Andover Central senior Zac Gentzler has made an oral commitment to wrestle at Oklahoma State.
Gentzler has won Class 5A titles at 103 pounds twice and at 113 in 2011. He is expected to wrestle at 120 this season and at 125 in college.
When I asked coach Chris Saferite what makes Gentzler a Division I wrestler, he gave a little laugh and said, “I don’t know where to start,” and then proceeded to talk about what a wonderful student and person Gentzler is.
“And then, just as far as wrestling, his work ethic. It’s great. He’s a smart wrestler, he’s a tough wrestler,” Saferite said. “He’s got the right attitude and the right mindset to be a wrestler. I think you need a combination of both to wrestle at a Division I school. You have to be physically able to do it, and he is. He’s probably the most technical wrestler I’ve ever coached.”
Gentzler will try to become the 29th wrestler in Kansas history to win four titles.
Gentzler originally committed to Lehigh two weeks ago.
“I originally committed to Lehigh and I didn’t really spend much time thinking about where I wanted to go … I made a pros and cons list and (Oklahoma State) felt like home. The academic structure they have there is great. They’ve won 34 national team championships and I can’t name the number of individual championships. I feel it will be the best opportunity to win a national title and get a degree.”