THE NEXT LEVEL: Student-Athlete In The Spotlight: Chad Reese

Chad Reese poses for a photo. Reese currently attends Bucknell as a wrestler and majors in Neuroscience. (Photo Provided)

Chad Reese is the son of Bob and Jacquie Reese of Lock Haven and is a senior at Bucknell University majoring in Neuroscience. Chad wrestles 197 pounds this season for the Bison. After graduation, he plans to attend medical school following a year or two gap, but would like to get a position in biochemical or neuroscience directed research during the gap year(s). Chad claims to be gaining a specific interest in the relationship between nutrition and neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental disorder and disease pathology. When asked about what he most enjoys about the sport of wrestling, he commented, “An aspect of wrestling I have most enjoyed is the challenging nature of the sport, in that it is the most physically and mentally demanding thing I have ever done. As a result, it is also the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I love challenging myself and working to overcome obstacles, and ultimately find satisfaction in observing my resulting growth as a person.” Chad continued, “Wrestling as a sport does not allow you to remain stagnant as a person mentally or physically. It enforces the need for constant improvement, in turn eliminating any sense of complacency. The work ethic and mental framework I have built and continue to build from wrestling has inevitably diffused through every aspect of my life, providing me with the persistence, motivation and inspiration to do anything I set my mind to.” One can only imagine that balancing the demands of a collegiate sport with an academic study in Neuroscience would be an exceptional challenge. On that subject, Chad said, “The greatest challenge of being a student athlete is the strictness with which you have to live on a daily basis. It is often the case that you have to follow a strict schedule and diet, despite its tediousness or not always feeling the best. Time management has become one of the most significant determinants of my academic and athletic success, my ability to balance the two, and my health.” Chad’s only action last week was on Sunday when he dropped a 13-1 decision at 197 pounds as Bucknell was defeated by Army. Chad will finish off his dual meet career as the Bison take on Bloomsburg next Saturday. Chad and his senior teammates will be recognized prior to the match.

Ethan Dale: 2016 Central Mountain High School graduate and current sophomore on the Men’s Swimming team at Alfred State University. The next action for Alfred State will be Wednesday, as they begin competition at the AMCC Championships.

Brody Baker: 2017 Central Mountain High School graduate and current freshman on the Elizabethtown College Men’s Basketball team. Brody appeared in both of Elizabethtown’s games last week, a loss to Juniata on Wednesday and a victory over Goucher on Saturday. In the Goucher victory, Brody scored two points and was credited with one rebound and one assist. Elizabethtown’s record is 5-17 with two games remaining at Catholic on Wednesday and at Susquehanna University on Saturday.

Maria Morgan: 2015 Bucktail High School graduate and current junior on the St. Vincent College Women’s Basketball team. On Wednesday, Maria recorded seven points, one assist and one steal in a 79-47 victory over Bethany College. On Saturday in an 85-44 win over Thiel, Maria had 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. SVC is now 16-7 on the season.

Michael Panczyszyn: 2015 Jersey Shore High School graduate and current junior on the Lycoming College Men’s Swimming team. Lycoming did not compete this weekend. The next action for Michael and his Warriors teammates will be the MAC Championships beginning Thursday.

Erin Reese: 2016 Central Mountain High School graduate and sophomore runner on the Susquehanna University Indoor Track team. Erin was not in action this past weekend.

Richie Thompson: 2017 Central Mountain High School graduate/Wilkes University Wrestling. On Friday, Richie lost by a technical fall to his opponent from Ithaca as Wilkes was defeated in the dual by a 40-3 score. On Sunday, Richie lost by a fall, but Wilkes dominated Kings College, 44-6.

Geo Barzona: 2017 Central Mountain High School graduate/Bucknell wrestling. Geo did not wrestle in Bucknell’s 22-19 loss at Army on Sunday.

Bryce Mansfield: 2017 Central Mountain High School graduate and current Physical Therapy major at Misericordia University. Bryce is a hurdler on the track team, but has been rehabbing from an ACL injury suffered during his senior year in high school.

Quinn McCluskey: 2017 graduate of CMHS and a freshman on the Women’s Tennis team at East Stroudsburg University. ESU will begin their spring season with a Spring Break Tournament in Hilton Head, S.C. from March 10 to March 17, 2018.

Riley Green: 2016 Central Mountain High School graduate and sophomore runner on the Earlham College (IN) Track & Field team. Competing on Saturday at the DePaul Indoor Invitational in Greencastle, IN, Riley set a personal record in the mile (4:58:27) coming in third for his team.

(With the beginning of the spring sports season, those athletes and/or parents are encouraged to begin sending weekly updates for publication. College athletes from all local high schools, or their parents, are encouraged to forward information to The Express each week for inclusion in this column. Updated information must be sent each week to by Monday at noon for inclusion that week. Only those sending updated info will be included.)