A Pinning Combination

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in "Kasey Crump", "Kevin Andres", wrestling Kasey Crump isn’t new to wrestling. He has been facing off with opponents since he was a freshman at Pratt (KS) High School, where he became the USA Wrestling State Champion in the 195 lb. weight class his senior year. He also wrestled at Pratt Community College before transferring to Ottawa University to be part of its inaugural wrestling team this fall.
 
Though Crump had opportunities to join Division I and II programs, they weren’t the right fit for him. “I never thought I would be competing in the KCAC,” said Crump, “but there was at least one thing about each of the 15-20 other schools I looked at that wasn’t going to work for me.”
 
Ottawa University was actually the last school to pop up on Crump’s college search radar, but in the end, it had the “pinning combination” for the wrestler.
 
“Coach Andres’ track record of starting new programs is really good,” said Crump. “That means a lot. Plus, I am getting to use brand new facilities and equipment; it’s close to home; the program stresses academics and integrity; I was offered a decent scholarship; I had the opportunity to be a resident assistant; and Coach recruited me to compete in the weight class that I’m comfortable with instead of as a heavyweight, which is the class most of the other schools were pushing me to be in. I can’t wait to make my mark on this new program.”
 
Making his mark isn’t just a whimsical wish that Crump has for his OU experience, and it’s not simply about winning personal matches. He has actually outlined some lofty goals that he wants to motivate the wrestling team to achieve as a whole while he is here.
  • To develop a reputation as a hard-working, service-oriented team that demonstrates good character on campus, in the dorms, during matches, and in the community.
  • To have the highest team GPA of any NAIA wrestling team in the nation.
  • To create an attitude of excellence and lay the foundation for advancing to a national championship. “Even if competing at nationals doesn’t happen until after I’m gone, I want to work toward that as a team,” said Crump. “I want to start this program with the attitude and expectation that we are going to be the best.”
  • To establish a tradition of extreme support and involvement on campus, both for other teams’ events, campus activities, and academic and cultural events.
“Wrestlers often have a bad reputation for being rowdy,” said Crump. “I want our team to have a good reputation for being rowdy – for being loud, positive, supportive. For dressing up and being a glorified cheerleading section. For using our energy to make a difference. I want everyone on campus to know when the wrestling team shows up and to be excited that it did!”