Bison Athlete of the Week : Kevin LaValley '11

By Cooper Sutton

Sports Editor


Kevin LeValley ’11


Weight class: 149 lbs

Class: Senior

Major: Education

Hometown: Hugo, Colo.

Kevin LeValley ’11 attained three major feats in the EIWA Championships this past weekend. First, he was crowned champion of the 149 lb. division, punching his ticket to the National Championships in Philadelphia. Second, he was named the EIWA Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament. Finally and most notably, he defeated the former National Champion of the 141 lb division, Kyle Dake of Cornell.

“I feel my accomplishment this weekend truly shows the direction that Bucknell wrestling is headed in the future,” he said. “I am proud to have been given the opportunity to win an EIWA championship in Sojka Pavilion, in front of Bucknell wrestling alumni and supporters.”

LeValley became the first ever Bison wrestler to win the Coach’s Trophy, given to the outstanding wrestler of the EIWA Championships. He also became the second Bison ever to win an individual title.

He will continue his impressive run in the NCAA Tournament on March 17. He is looking to perform better than he did last year, when he took seventh in his weight class.

“Winning an individual EIWA Championship was definitely on my ‘to-do’ list this year, however it is definitely not my ultimate goal for the season,” he said. “My ultimate goal is to win an NCAA title in Philly on March 19.”

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