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Wrestler plans to pin down law career

| Saturday, May 5, 2012, 3:16 a.m.

School work comes easy to Daniel Svec.

That's why the 18-year-old senior from Greensburg Salem High School will tackle pre-law studies in college.

"I like law in general. I always wanted to be involved in the FBI or the (Drug Enforcement Administration), but they don't pay very well," Svec said.

He has been wrestling long before first grade and is on the high school's varsity wrestling team, competing in the 135-pound weight class.

In January, he joined the elite 100-win club at Greensburg Salem.

"My dad and uncle both wrestled for Norwin back in the day. My brother, Eric, now wrestles at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown," Svec said.

While wrestling has kept the teen busy and involved in school, he said he won't be participating in the sport in college.

Svec has applied to Bucknell University and is waiting to hear from the Lewisburg school.

He also has been accepted into the honors program and is nominated for a University Scholar Award at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

"George Mason has a beautiful campus. I fell in love with it. It's only 15 minutes away from Washington, D.C., but the school is in a rural setting," he said.

The teen is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in volunteerism through the club, including blood drives and the Secret Santa workshop, which provides Christmas gifts to needy children.

He also is involved in a community-service class at Amos K. Hutchinson Elementary School, where he helps during gym class each day.

"I get my smarts from my mom. My dad, too, but mostly from my mom," he joked.

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