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Winters signs to wrestle at RIT.

By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | May 4, 2017 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees


Winters signs to wrestle at RITAfter the senior year Athens' Kaidon Winters had, there were suddenly quite a few schools that were interested in having him wrestle for them in college.

However, Winters knew all along where he wanted to be.

For Winters, college wasn't really about who had the best wrestling program in the country. It was all about getting a good education, and that's what he knows he's going to get at Rochester Institute of Technology.

"The mechanical engineering program there is really good," Winters said. "I am not going to really do much wrestling after college, so it was more important to get a good education."

After winning sectional, district and regional titles, and placing fifth at the state meet, Winters suddenly had a lot more colleges showing interest in him.

However, for Winters it was always kind of clear where he wanted to go.

"RIT was interested in me for a while," Winters said. "Even though some of the bigger schools wanted me, I had already pretty much made my decision. The program at RIT for mechanical engineering is so, so good, so that's why I wanted to go there."

While RIT is a Division III wrestling program, Winters knows that under coach Jason Bovenzi, a former national champion at St. Lawrence University then Ithaca College, things are improving.

"It's definitely improving a lot," Winters said. "The new coach there is really good. He just started there last year and is recruiting a lot of kids and making the program a lot better."

Winters knows that if he keeps working hard he can have success at the college level.

"I know if I go out and work hard and do what I need to do, I'll be alright," he said. "I am going to just keep doing what I've been doing, work hard in the wrestle room."

Wrestling at a program like Athens, with so many talented teammates and coaches, Winters knows he is more prepared than most for the transition to college.

"My (workout) partners and coaches have helped me so much," Winters said. "I definitely feel like I'm really prepared for college."

And, Winters is ready to see what he can do at the college level.

"I am definitely excited, it's going to be a lot of fun," he said.


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Brian Fees is the sports editor of the Daily & Sunday Review in Towanda, PA.