Recruiting Thursday: Greater Latrobe's Boerio commits to wrestle at Kent State

Boerio placed sixth in the state last season finishing with a 45-12 record

Thu Oct 13, 2022 - 5:22PM

Jack Ridenour Jack Ridenour

Last Updated: Fri Oct 14, 2022 - 2:12AM

Whether it’s on the football field or the wrestling mat, Greater Latrobe’s Corey Boerio is constantly making an impact for the Wildcats. The state-qualifying wrestler continues to bring attention to his name after making his commitment to wrestle at the collegiate level for Kent State.

“As soon as I made my commitment, I felt at ease,” said Boerio on his satisfaction with his college decision. “I was glad with it; I wanted to go there, and when I announced it, everything got a little easier.”

For Boerio, it was the coaching staff that really drew him to the program. One of the assistant coaches for Kent State, Malik McDonald, caught his attention with his personal wrestling background.

Coach McDonald was a standout wrestler at NC State in the 197-pound weight class. Boerio has never wrestled below 180 pounds in his high school career, and with McDonald’s background in a similar weight class, it was a no brainer for Boerio to continue his career with the Golden Flashes.

Boerio’s wrestling moves have caught the attention of others in the area, but for now, he’s focusing on the season at hand - football. Boerio is part of a Wildcats football team that is coming off back-to-back wins, improving to 4-3 overall.

Boerio scored a pair of touchdowns in last week’s win over Ringgold 42-0.

“We have a great team chemistry,” Boerio noted of the cohesiveness his football team has shown this season. “If I’m scoring or someone else is scoring, we are all happy for each other. If anything, we get more excited for the other person when they score. It’s great having a team that has my back and I have theirs.”

The Wildcats had struggled prior to the two recent wins they’ve collected. Earlier in the season, the Wildcats lost three-straight games, starting with a lopsided defeat to Hempfield 49-14.

There is still plenty of season left, and the Wildcats could secure a spot in the WPIAL postseason. They have a showdown on the road this week with conference foe Connellsville Area.

This upcoming wrestling season will be a big one for Boerio who posted a 45-12 record last year and finished sixth in the state in Class AAA at 215 pounds. It could also be a special year for the team as another future NCAA Division I wrestler Vinny Kilkeary (Ohio State) returns. With the talent the Wildcats have on the mat, they could be serious WPIAL and state contenders.

“I want to be a state champ and the team wants to be state champs,” said Boerio of his team’s expectations and the expectations he’s set for himself.

“Last year, we made it to semis and then Nate (Roth) went down and that was a big hurt to the team. This year, we got to start small and win WPIAL's and get that ring, and then as soon as that is done, eyes on the state championship.”

As Boerio’s high school football career winds down, he’s eager to get back on the mat and start his final season of high school wrestling. There’s still unfinished business for the Wildcats and Boerio this fall, but as winter draws closer, Boerio’s excitement to get back on the mat will also increase.

“I have a lot of great bonds with guys on the team,” Boerio commented. “That trip to Colorado we did last year, I realized how much fun it is to be around those guys. It’s a blast. I’m looking forward to that, and I’m going to miss the team a lot after this year.”