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He was lucky enough to have an NCAA All-American in his wrestling room during his high school career, and the same will be true for Jensen Lorea in college."It's the greatest day of my life to be honest," Lorea said. "It's finally a dream come true. I've been excited for this for a long time."

The George Washington High School senior won a state championship this season at the 138-pound weight class, but that's not what he was talking about.On May 2 he signed his national letter of intent to continue his wrestling career at Edinboro University.

Edinboro is the same school where George Washington assistant coach Mark Samples wrestled from 1994-1999. "Going up there I was in a similar situation where I came out of West Virginia, which hasn't historically been the strongest wrestling state," Samples said.

The coach went on to earn All-American honors and a spot in the Fighting Scots Hall of Fame. Now Lorea is hoping to follow in Samples footsteps.

"I'm glad I'm going to Edinboro and I'm glad I can take my wrestling to the DI level," Lorea said.

At Edinboro Lorea will have even more All-American support. Mitchell Port, A.J. Schopp and Dave Habat are all returning for their senior seasons.
Last year the trio all placed in the top 8 at the NCAA wrestling tournament. Port is a two-time All-American at 141 pounds and Schopp is a two-time All-American at 133 pounds. Lorea wrestled 138 in high school, right between those two weight classes.

He's also be learning from coach Tim Flynn, who led the Fighting Scots to a 5th place team finish in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Flynn was also named coach of the year by Intermat.com. Flynn was an assistant coach in 1999 when Samples wrestled at Edinboro. The George Washington High School coach thinks Lorea will wrestle well in a Fighting Scots singlet.

"Tim Flynn is the kind of coach who finds the diamonds in the rough," said Samples.