Trumbetta raises bar at Seton Hill

| Monday, April 12, 2010

The next goal for Seton Hill wrestler Ken Trumbetta is to win a national championship.

Last month, Trumbetta became a Division II All-American. The turning point of his season came after a tough loss. He then wrestled North Carolina-Pembroke's Russell Weakley, at the time the region's second-ranked 125-pounder.

Despite trailing much of the match, Trumbetta recovered for an 8-4 victory in overtime.

"That was the biggest win of my college career at the time," said Trumbetta, a sophomore from Greensburg Salem. "Everything just seemed to take off from there."

Little did Trumbetta know he would become the program's first All-American.

Trumbetta went 27-8 and finished sixth in the Division II national championships last month at Omaha, Neb. The top eight from each weight class earn All-America honors.

"That Weakley match was definitely the turning point for Kenny," Seton Hill coach Chris Elliott said. "He got off the mat that day understanding he belonged at the top of the region. Kenny symbolizes hard work and dedication."

Seton Hill switched from NAIA to Division II four years ago, and Trumbetta said he believes his success will help the program grow.

"I feel like my teammates are just as good as me in terms of talent," he said. "Since I became an All-American this year, I think they'll believe they can do it, too. We have about seven guys on the roster that can realistically make it to nationals next season if we keep working at it."

Trumbetta, a former Class AAA WPIAL champion, took two weeks off after the season to rest, but he recently started lifting again in preparation for next season.

"I usually practice after work and do technique drills with my coaches or another wrestler around my weight," he said. "I plan on lifting to get stronger and practice every day like I did last summer."

Trumbetta said he is pleased with his success this season but not content. He believes there's something much greater that he can be remembered for at Seton Hill.

"It's hard to say that I expect to be an All-American next year, even though I'm sure my coaches at least expect me to make it to nationals," he said. "I do think there's more I can do, though. I ultimately want to be remembered for winning a national championship, and I'm aware of the hard work it will take.

"But I guess being an All-American is a good start."

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