VACAVILLE — Smart and athletic.
That easily describes Vacaville High senior Jeramy Sweany, and all his work in the classroom and on the wrestling mat has paid off.
Sweany verbally committed to attend and wrestle for Cornell University this week, bringing a serious goal to fruition.
“It’s been my dream school (since he could remember),” Sweany said. “I’ve always wanted to go there for academics and athletics.”
An honor roll student, Sweany said he hasn’t decided on a major yet, though studying business could be an option.
Vacaville High co-head coach Adam Wight said the school is the perfect place for the defending state champion.
“Jeramy’s goal was to get to a school that was Top 25 in wrestling and academics,” Wight said. “They are probably Top 10 in academics Top 5 in wrestling. It’s a good fit for him in a lot of ways. The tradition they have established really fits him. There are going to be big things in his future.”
Sweany, who finished his junior season 55-1 on the mat on his way to the state title, said it’s great to get the wrestling scholarship, but that’s not the most important thing.
“It was very important (to go to a highly academic school),” Sweany said. Wrestling is not there for the rest of your life. It was super important. It’s super exciting. Being at Cornell and in the Ivy League with (former teammate) Chris Lai at Penn is super cool.”
Lai is a freshman this fall and will also wrestle for the Quakers, though in a different weight class than Sweany.
Wight said it will be interesting to see where his 195-pounder will end up grappling at the college level.
“The coaches at Cornell are great,” Wight said. “The thing is they’ve got a foundation to build on with him. He’s got to go to college and keep getting better.
“In college there is no 220s, it goes from 197 to heavyweight. It’s interesting to see what class he ends up in. He needs to stay motivated. As long as he stays hungry, nothing will stand in his way.”
The coach also noted that even with all the great wrestlers Vacaville High has had come through its program, Sweany has the chance to become the first two-time state champ for the Bulldogs.
“I think I made a comment last year we had a couple that could be all-time greats, a kid that comes around once in a coach’s career,” Wight said. “If he can repeat as state champ, that could seal the deal. When all is said and done, he will be in the conversation (of the school’s all-time great grapplers).”
Wight was part of the process to get Sweany to Cornell, but it was mostly the wrestler and his family that did the work, having to choose among other elite programs.
“We made some contact with them but Jeramy’s family had a lot to do with it,” Wight said. “He went to a 19-day camp (at Cornell) last summer. My job was to help him through the pressure of making the decision.
“Michigan was enticing. University of Virginia also offered a scholarship. It was a decision that had no bad options. I just talked to coaches to help him keep a perspective on things.”
Heading into his senior season, Sweany is the top-ranked wrestler in the 195-pound category, and has his eyes set on defending his title.
He also has some big goals when he gets to Cornell, too.
“Obviously, I’m aiming to be a national champion, that’s always been my goal,” he said. “I need to work hard in the classroom and in the wrestling room. Cornell will make that happen for me.”
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