Hartsock wraps up wrestling career
Former Husky competes at Lock Haven
LOCK HAVEN — Trey Hartsock’s college wrestling career was a small glimpse into the life of a wrestler whose career was defined by triumph, selflessness and sacrifice.
After a dominating three years on the mats for the Huskies that included more than 100 victories, three District 6 titles, three Northwest Region Class 3A titles and two state medals, Hartsock finished up his collegiate career at Lock Haven University, as one of four Mifflin County graduates competing at the Division I level during the 2019-20 season.
In his senior campaign, Hartsock was given the opportunity to bump up to heavyweight by the Lock Haven coaching staff after Isaac Reid was unable to compete. Hartsock selflessly agreed, sliding into the lineup with a sizable disadvantage — he was surrendering 40-50 pounds all season at the weight after last competing as a redshirt freshman at 197 pounds in 2018.
Hartsock wrestled at 195 and 220 pounds for the Huskies, compiling a record of 105-26. Hartsock won 35 matches for the Bald Eagles at Lock Haven, including five at heavyweight.
Most of Hartsock’s success in college came at 197, where he went 30-32 in two seasons. “They asked me if I would be willing to wrestle heavyweight for them and I agreed,” Hartsock said of the decision. “I knew that this would pose many challenges, but I thought it would be best for the team, so it was a no-brainer for me. I struggled with the weight for the majority of the matches. This alone was a huge obstacle for me to overcome. I had to change the way I always wrestled, and I had to adapt to the new weight class.”
Hartsock said that his favorite memories in college were the moments he shared with his team.
“Really, when it comes to college, I look back on my teammates,” Hartsock said. “I made some of the best friends I will ever have. These teammates were dedicated to the sport and were dedicated to just being better people which I really enjoyed because no one on the team was selfish and they always had your back no matter the situation. Every memory I have from college always involves my teammates and our relationships we have built at Lock Haven.”
Hartsock’s favorite memories in a Husky singlet also involved his teammates, which include Hayden and Trent Hidlay, Brandon Wilson and Noah Stewart, who all went on to wrestle in college. He also enjoyed watching his teammates succeed.
“Really, when I think of high school and my wrestling career, I think about how close of a team we were,” Hartsock recalled. “We truly weren’t in it for the individual success, even though many of us did have success. We really wanted to see our teammates exceed their expectations and reach new levels. To sum up my high school career, I would say it was brotherhood. The relationships that I made in high school are the strongest relationships I have made in my life.”
“The best memories I have from high school were when the team would win, when we would win district duals or a big dual meet and kids on the team that people would never think would be the hero would overcome and pull something out for us,” Hartsock continued. “Most people expected the ‘good’ guys to win, but it was really a joy when someone unexpected would prevail and win a big match for us.”
In Hartsock’s three years, the Huskies had a dual meet record of 29-10. Hartsock attributed the success to the team’s competitive fire and a never-quit mindset.
“The success that Mifflin County has had with wrestling is great,” Hartsock said. “I think it stems from our competitiveness in the wrestling room. When we walked into that room every day, we didn’t want anyone to beat us. We didn’t want to give an inch even in practice. So, when we wrestled one another, we were making each other better every day and I think we carried that with us to the next level. We were so competitive that if we lost a dodgeball game in the beginning of practice, it would bother us until we got the chance to play again.”
Overall, Hartsock believed that getting to compete at a Division I school was a privilege.
“It meant the world,” Hartsock said. “As a wrestler that is the top of the line. I mean there is international stuff, Olympics, and so on, but if you are a Division I wrestler, you really have made it to the top. I took every day as a gift and I was just thankful to compete at the Division I level. That’s why when I was asked to wrestle heavyweight I didn’t hesitate. Wrestling at the Division I level is a gift and it didn’t matter to me what weight it was.”
Hartsock thanked God, his wife, Ali, and his family for all of their support throughout his wrestling career. His father in particular helped inspire him on the mat and in life.
“I would like to thank God for all of my opportunities and gifts he has given me throughout my life thus far,” Hartsock said. “Along with that I would also like to thank my wife, Ali, for being my number one supporter in everything I do and anything I strive to do. My family has been the rock in my career and my life, and they truly would do anything for me and only want the best for me. My dad being a wrestler himself really helped when I was struggling in the sport and more importantly, he has been a great role model as a husband and father that I will strive to be.”
His coaches also played an important role.
“Bill and Justin Safranich helped turn me into the wrestler I became,” he said. “Moving on to high school, Kirby Martin, Joe Eckenroth, Dale Searer and Adam Stout were all key components in my wrestling career and I really owe them the world. Adam Stout in particular took an interest in me and really dedicated himself to making me a better wrestler and better person and I couldn’t thank him enough.”
“Finally, my college coaches gave me unlimited opportunities and support throughout my four years of school,” Hartsock said. “Scott Moore is one of the best guys I have had the pleasure to meet and learn from. He’s not only one of the greatest minds in wrestling, he is a great role model to follow. I would also like to thank Nate Carr and Ronnie Perry for always pushing me and making me strive to be the best wrestler and person I could be.”
Hartsock graduates from Lock Haven in May and hopes to get a teaching job in Lewistown to help coach the sport he loves.
“I hope to acquire a job teaching in the Mifflin County School District,” Hartsock said. “With that I would like to get involved with the wrestling program here. I want to be able to give back to the school and community that helped turn me into the man I am today. My dream is to be a teacher and help out coach at Mifflin County. I really think that I could make a difference and hopefully mold young people into successful, hardworking members of society that will strive to make other people better each and every day.”