The Pennsylvania wrestling season ended more than a month ago with the PIAA Championships.
The high school career of Kyle Krasavage ended a week ago when he finished second at the National High School Coaches Association Senior Tournament in Virginia Beach. But the Wyoming Valley West wrestler has still found his way to the Spartan wrestling room since then to go to practice.
“Wrestling never ends,” said Krasavage, who was selected as The Times Leader Wrestler of the Year. “There’s always room for improvement. You have to try to improve every day.”
That’s the work ethic that helped Krasavage achieve numerous awards this past season. He took fourth at the PIAA Championships and was Class 3A Northeast Regional and District 2 champion as he entered the state tournament with an unbeaten record. Those rewards were preceded by nabbing the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the ever-so-tough Hurricane Classic in December in Bethlehem.
With achievements like that, his coach Drew Feldman said it can have a trickle-down effect on the rest of his team, who will now be trying to follow Krasavage’s footsteps.
“You preach so much and for the kids to buy into that system is rewarding,” the Spartan coach said. “The kids are buying into the system and they see what his rewards are and it’s great to coach a kid like that.”
One of the reasons Krasavage is still heading to practice after school is that while his high school career is over, he is beginning another career in the fall. He earned a scholarship to wrestle for Division I Hofstra. Getting the scholarship occurred at the beginning of the season. That was the start of what was going to be a memorable season. Along the way, he defeated several state qualifiers from past years during the regular season en route to a 41-2 record and breaking the school’s all-time wins record. He ended his brilliant career with 134 wins, shattering the previous mark of 123.
“I definitely wanted to accomplish more in high school, but I’m definitely proud of what I did accomplish in high school,” Krasavage added.
The career of Krasavage ended last week at nationals with a runner-up finish, but along the way he defeated several state placewinners from other states before eventually falling to a state titlist from California in the finals.
But he said it was a great experience.
“It was fun. The competition was fun and I wrestled a few state champs,” Krasavage said. “Wrestling is wrestling. It’s just the sport you just have to go out there and do your best every match. Do the best you could.”
Now, he’s going to try to keep improving to reach the next level, an NCAA All-American medal.