The York-Adams League's most dominant wrestler from last season won't return to the local mats this winter.
South Western's Seth Janney, who will be a junior this fall, announced on Twitter Monday night that he will attend Malvern Prep beginning in the fall.
"Aaron Brady, the head football coach at Malvern Prep, he's a family friend and he's a great football coach and has a great program, so that's how we got the idea of it last year," Janney said. "And then, the wrestling team, (coach) Nate Lautar has a great team there and there's a variety of partners there that would push me to the next level."
As a sophomore last year, Janney excelled in the 220-pound weight class, winning the District 3-AAA Tournament and then placing second at the PIAA state tournament.
Following his runner-up performance in the state competition, Janney went on to compete in the National High School Coaches Association National Championships in Virginia Beach. There, Janney went 5-0 with four pins en route to winning the 220-pound weight class. The only match that he didn't pin his opponent was in the final, when he defeated Indiana's Evan Ellis, 7-0.
Along with wrestling, Janney was a force on the football field, especially as a defensive end. By attending Malvern Prep, Janney will play under the watchful eye of Brady, a former star quarterback for South Western back in the 1990s, who then went on to play college football at Rutgers as a linebacker.
Malvern Prep is a prep school for middle- and high-school-aged boys located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia and is part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Athletically, Malvern Prep competes in the Inter-Academic League against other private schools, such as Episcopal Academy, Penn Charter, The Haverford School and Chestnut Hill Academy.
When Janney informed Mustangs wrestling coach Nate Murren of his decision to leave the school, Janney said the coach wasn't thrilled to receive the news, but understood his decision.
"I don't think anybody's happy about it (at South Western)," Janney said. "But, he understands that it's a great opportunity and he supports my decision. I'm going to really miss having Nate as a coach."
While attending Malvern Prep, Janney will play football, wrestling and possibly lacrosse. However, he isn't sure yet which sport he'll pursue more seriously, leaving it up to "whichever one opens more doors for me."
With that said, while the move to a prep school can help him grow as an athlete, he based his decision to leave South Western on academics. Janney believes Malvern Prep will help him grow as a student and better prepare himself for college and life after athletics.
"Academics is the main thing," he said. "Athletics will only take you to a certain point and you have to have good academics and I feel like Malvern was a good fit for me and will help me get into the school I want to go to."
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