Sun Valley's Hunter Catka quietly commits to Virginia Tech

by Terry Toohey, Delaware County Daily Times

Posted on June 28, 2019

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Sun Valley's Hunter Catka won't have that college choice hanging over his head when he steps on the plane to represent the United States at the Cadet World Championships, which begins next month in Sofia, Bulgaria in August.

The two-time Daily Times Wrestler of the Year and three-time All-Delco got that decision out of the way Thursday. And he did so in typical Catka fashion, quietly.

Catka announced via Twitter that he will attend Virginia Tech. He simply posted a picture of himself in a Virginia Tech singlet, flashing a VT with his finger. The only comment was #Hokies.

Catka is in Colorado Springs training with Team USA for the Cadet World Championships and could not be reached for comment. He selected the Hokies over Penn and Lehigh, according to Sun Valley coach Tom Ellis.

"That's where he felt at home," Ellis said. "Coach (Tony) Robie is a Pennsylvania guy. He went to Edinboro. Hunter fell in love with the place on his official visit and took an unofficial visit two weeks ago and realized that's where he wanted to go."

Ellis said Catka wanted to get the decision out of the way so he can concentrate on his season season, and that the choice was not an easy one. Catka trains at the Pennsylvania Regional Training Center, which used Penn and Drexel as its training facility.

"He was torn," Ellis said. "He's up at Penn a lot because he trains at RTC. He was at Lehigh a lot, too, and Coach (Brandon) Slay is his go-to guy at Penn. It was a hard decision for him."

Catka takes a 92-9 record into his senior season. He went 41-1 as a Vanguards soph to win the PIAA Class 3A 220-pound title. He bounced back from an injury to go 17-1 as a junior and take third at 220 at the state championships. He's wrestling at 110 kilos (242 pounds) for Team USA.

"It's definitely a good spot for him," Ellis said. "They're a top 10 team in the country and they had a freshman (redshirt freshman Mekhi Lewis at 165 pounds) win a national championship last year. He wants to go to a place where he's part of something bigger."

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