Guy Ellis

J.C. Housley, who graduated from Grove High School this past May, signed a letter of intent to attend Truman State University in Kirksville, MO this fall on a wrestling scholarship.

“It’s exciting,” said Housley, “I’m looking forward to it. It’s a fresh start and a new beginning.”

Housley’s 2008 wrestling season saw him garner a fourth place finish at the State Championship Tournament and a third place finish at the Regional Championship Tournament. Housley took a first place finish at the 2008 Conference Championship. While at Grove he was a three-time state qualifier and a two-time All Verdigris Valley Conference selection.

Housley was a cornerstone of the ’08 3A GHS wrestling State Championship team. He compiled 37 victories on the mat in his senior season, third best on the team. Housley recorded 21 falls during the ’08 campaign.

Housley’s involvement with the sport dates back to when he was an eight-year-old member of the Grove Take Down Club.

Housley signed his letter of intent Wednesday morning at the GHS library. His parents, John and Kerrie Housley, were in attendance along with his younger brother Zach. Grove wrestling Head Coach John Henry Ward was present as well.

“I’m very excited for J.C.,” Coach Ward said. “I’ve known J.C. for a long time and I knew how much talent he had. It’s a great thing to see him go to the next level.”

Coach Ward, a former University of Oklahoma grappler, knows a thing or two about wrestling at the collegiate level.

“I think J.C. will do fine,” said Coach Ward. “The biggest thing about the college-level is that you can’t ever get discouraged, you just have to stay in there and keep working because obviously it’s a big step from one level to the next. So, as long as he stays with it and continues to give effort he’ll be fine.”

Both parents expressed pride at their son’s accomplishment Wednesday.

“We always wanted J.C. to have the opportunity to attend a good college and we’re proud that he’s earned all of this,” said John Housley.

Aside from J.C.’s impressive credentials on the mat the Grove product was just as notable for his achievements in the classroom.

Housley’s high GPA at Grove meant that he graduted in the top 10 percent of his class. He also earned a Truman State University Presidential Honor Scholarship to partner the one granted him by the TSU Athletic Department. The Grove Rotary Club also honored Housley as a “GHS Student of the Month” this year.

While at TSU, Housley plans to major in biology, with an emphasis on pre-med studies.

The TSU wrestling season begins November 1st and already Housley has been training at home in preparation for his new endeavor. Part of that regimen includes daily three-mile runs as well as other exercises.

“I’m looking forward to it (TSU) even though I know I’m gonna get my butt kicked for the first couple of years!” Housley said. “But I think I’ll be able to do very well.”