For Wayne Valley’s Reid Colella, the decision to continue wrestling on the collegiate level came down to a love of the sport as well as some lofty academic goals.
Colella, a captain on this year’s wrestling team, made it official on Feb. 5 that he will attend the College of New Jersey, beginning in the fall of 2019.
“I’m really happy with my decision,” said Colella, the eldest of two sons born to Christine and Tom Colella. “TCNJ is a tremendous school, academically, and has an excellent wrestling program.”
Colella’s high school teammate, Connor Murphy, a 2017 Valley graduate, is currently attending TCNJ.
With his family, coach and Wayne Valley administrators on hand, Reid Colella made official on Feb. 6, his decision to attend The College of New Jersey and wrestle for the Pride this coming fall. (Click on photo for larger image)
“Connor was a big help to me,” said Colella. “He’s really doing well there and that helped in my decision.”
Murphy was a standout wrestler for the Indians. He was having a good collegiate career before a series of injuries curtailed his wrestling. Murphy is thriving academically at TCNJ and earned Dean’s List this past fall
Colella is having an excellent season at Valley this winter, with a 30-1 record, at 170 and 182 pounds, as the Indians were 16-4 heading into the sectional semifinals on Feb. 6. His work ethic heading into this season impressed head coach Todd Schroeder.
“Reid put a lot of time into wrestling during the off season,” said Schroeder. “And it’s paying off in a big way. He’s a leader on and off the mat for us.”
Colella, an excellent student at Wayne Valley, hopes to major in Health and Exercise Science at TCNJ, with the ultimate goal of being a Physical Therapist.
In college, Colella figures to wrestle at 165 or 174 pounds. The Pride are having a tremendous season this winter, with a 14-1 record through matches of Feb. 1. Among the standout wrestlers on the team this season is Dan Kilroy, a 2-time state medal winner at Wayne Hills, who is currently a junior.