BRUNSWICK — Boomer Fechko did not take long to make an impact as a Cleveland State assistant wrestling coach.
Hired in August, the 2005 Brunswick graduate went back to his roots and grabbed Blue Devils senior Logan Heil as part of the 2019 recruiting class.
Heil had interest from Campbell, Edinboro, West Point and Pitt but saw a perfect fit with the Vikings.
“Honestly, that part was pretty big because it gave me an opportunity to work with someone who knows me,” Heil said. “He knows how hard I work and the weaknesses I need to work on. He knows how to improve in certain positions and be a better wrestler in general.”
Also key in Cleveland State landing the 126-pounder was the opportunity to be a part of a movement under first-year coach Josh Moore.
A two-time All-American from Penn State, Moore was an assistant for Cleveland State for three seasons. He sent two wrestlers to the NCAA Division I Nationals.
Prior to his time with the Vikings, Moore was part of a Kent State program that had nine All-Americans, a national champion (Dustin Kilgore) and 54 qualifiers.
“It gives me an opportunity to be a part of a growing program and a new program that is coming into play,” Heil said. “I’ll be around kids that are committed to reshape the program into a different wrestling style. It’s a way to embrace each other and become a great wrestling family.”
Cleveland State has told Heil they want him at 125. He’ll have competition from two-time state placers Hunter Ryan and Cameron Lathem and state placer Cody Moosman.
“What determines a starting position is who wants it more,” Heil said. “I’m determined to get the spot no matter how hard I have to work or how much effort needs to be put in. I’ll do anything to make sure I get that spot. I already got the varsity spot for Brunswick set (when I was a freshman). I’ll work for that varsity spot in college.”
Heil, who carries a 3.25 grade-point average and plans on majoring in environmental science, has a strong r￩sum￩. The senior is a two-time state placer and three-time state qualifier who compiled a 36-6 record and was a North Canton Hoover District and Wadsworth Sectional champion last season.
“Cleveland State chose me because they see the dedication and determination I wrestle with,” said Heil, who has 109 career wins. “They saw how hard I work on every shot how hard I work on every position. They see how motivated I am to win matches.
“They see me as a student who will excel not only in sports but in classes as well as in life. They see me as an opportunity to be an icon for them.”