Pennridge's Logan Green energizes Rams

by Drew Markol, The Intelligencer

Posted on January 17, 2020

Article originally appeared here:
https://www.theintell.com/sports/20200116/pennridges-logan-green-energizes-rams

PERKASIE - It wasn't that long ago when Logan Green could look around the wrestling room at Pennridge and marvel at the talent on hand.

"We had guys like Matt Parker and Josh Stillings leading the way and it was just fun to watch those guys wrestle," Green said. "This season, we have a really young team. The younger guys, with the way they're working, are going to be really good and that's great to see.

"I just try to be a leader and show them how to practice and how to try and improve as much as you can. I can't believe that it's already my senior season, everything just flew by."

With Parker, a 2017 grad who won three PIAA state medals and was a state runner-up in 2016, and Stillings, a 2018 grad who also won three PIAA state medals and a state title as a senior, Green had a lot to look up to.

Now, as a senior, he has taken over that role for the younger Rams.

"He's a natural leader," coach JT Lewis said. "Our younger guys see how he handles himself at practice and how hard he works and those kind of things rub off in a very positive way.

"And, in a match, he can get the whole team going if he goes out and gets a pin or a big win. Logan is just one of those kids that means so much to a program, especially a program like ours that has so many younger kids trying to learn.

"He's right there to help them and show them the right way to do things."

Green, who is at 19-3 on the season with 14 of the wins coming by fall, is ranked No. 12 in the state in Class 3A at 195 pounds. Eight wrestlers at each weight earn medals.

"I made it to states last year, but didn't get on the podium," Green said. "But the experience of going there and wrestling at the Giant Center in Hershey and in front of all those people will really help me this season.

"I won my first match at states, and that was a good feeling, but then I lost my next two. You can't clam up at that level. You have to give everything you have the entire match and wrestle as well as you can. It's just a great challenge at that level."

Lewis knows that if Green does just that, he can make plenty of noise come the big event.

"Logan definitely has the ability to get high on the podium in Hershey," Lewis said. "He can wrestle with anyone in the state and will be raring to go. He learned a lot from going to states last season and he'll use that this year to help himself in every match."

Those with good memories will remember Green wrestling at 132 pounds as a freshman.

When reminded of that, Green chuckles and provides an explanation.

"I guess I've had a couple of growth spurts," Green said. "I was cutting too much weight back then and learned from it.

"Now, my parents just keep the pantry unlocked because I'm eating all of the time and feel really good."

He also feels really good about his college choice, the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Green said. "It's a great school academically and I'll get to wrestle.

"And the opportunity to serve my country is something that I've always wanted to do."

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