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Fast Lane to college

Trapp becomes first Alexandria wrestler to sign college scholarship when he inks with NAIA Lourdes University

Alexandria senior Lane Trapp signs a wrestling scholarship with Lourdes University as his family and Valley Cubs coach Frank Hartzog look on.

Alexandria senior Lane Trapp signs a wrestling scholarship with Lourdes University as his family and Valley Cubs coach Frank Hartzog look on.

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Lane Trapp has been around a lot of “first” during his multi-sport high school career. He was part of another one Friday.

The senior state runner-up became the first wrestler in Alexandria’s wrestling program to sign a college scholarship when he signed with Lourdes University.

“It is neat,” he said. “Maybe it could help the others realize they can go to college and wrestle even though they’re from Alabama. People think that Alabama wrestlers aren’t good, but this shows even if you don’t get that state championships if you work hard you still have the possibility of going.”

Trapp went 33-6 this past season and lost in the state 113 title match when he was pinned by Weaver’s two-time state champion Nick Souder.

While he was at Alexandria, Trapp was part of the first wrestling, cross-country and track teams at the school; now, he is heading to a program hitting the mat for the first time. The Ohio school announced the addition of the sport in 2015 and will begin competing in the 2016-17 academic year.

“There’s been a lot of firsts,” he said. “I think it’s pretty neat.”

“I’m just amazed and happy these kids have that opportunity,” Cubs wrestling coach Frank Hartzog said of this latest ‘first’ for his growing program.



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