Richner’s 100th win

Allison Ivicic, Photo Editor

 

For the past 14 years, senior Ethan Richner has been dedicated to the sport of wrestling. Over Ethan’s high school wrestling career he has been a two-time District VI champion, two time Northwest Regional champion, and placed sixth at States in the 2018-2019 season. 

On January 16, Ethan achieved one of the biggest accomplishments of his career, reaching 100 wins. 

“It was an amazing moment and I am so thankful to have been able to reach that point in my career,” Ethan said. 

Since this was a home meet held in the school, parents of the wrestlers were allowed to attend. For Ethan’s parents, Dan and Sandy Richner, this was a heartwarming milestone for them. 

“We are very proud of Ethan. It was great to get his 100 career win at home so we could be there for it,” they said. 

Overall, Ethan’s parents are most proud of his “dedication and commitment that he has put in over the years to reach this milestone.”

It definitely wasn’t easy to get to this point and it took a lot of time and effort. It is safe to say Ethan is dedicated to this sport. 

“I’ve worked hard in practice and made sure I did extra to be at this point in my career,” he said.

Ethan has always had his parents in his corner to cheer him on. They see all of the hard work he puts into the sport and they know that reaching this milestone is one of the silver linings. 

Ethan’s wrestling partner, long time friend and fellow senior Stephen Ivicic has been with Ethan throughout his wrestling career. 

“I am very proud of Ethan. His achievement of reaching 100 wins is well-deserved because of how hard he works in and outside of the wrestling room. He is a great practice partner and pushes me every day to be a better wrestler,” Stephen said. 

History teacher and Head Coach Mr. Michael Maney has been there every step of the way for Ethan, and noticed his adaptability.

 “You have to be coachable and willing to make adjustments,” Mr. Maney said. “Ethan has been willing to do that and he continues to get better each year.” 

After reaching this milestone, Ethan hopes to make the journey to Hershey, PA to become a state champion. 

“My next goal is to win a state title and wrestle my best every time I step out on the mat,” he said.

Mr. Maney also has no doubt that Ethan will be able to represent Bellefonte on the state podium. 

“I am looking forward to seeing him wrestling his best and with a lot of confidence. I believe he is one of the best in the state and he can earn another PIAA medal this year,” Mr. Maney said.  “Ethan is going to go down as one of the most successful wrestlers in Bellefonte history.