Despite gearing up for his final baseball season at Manhattan High, senior Josh Mullin made his college choice official last week, choosing to wrestle at Ottawa University.
The program at Ottawa was just added and is in its beginning stages. Mullin will compete on the first wrestling team in school history.
“This first team will have a spot in history at the school, and we’re projected to have a good year, because we’re getting some good recruits,” Mullin said. “It’s going to be a good program and we’re going to have a great team. I’m excited for the opportunity to compete for a national championship.”
Mullin chose Ottawa for the chance at making history at the school. He also considered Newman University in Wichita. The senior said trying to play two sports or focus just on baseball was never his plan.
“It was wrestling all the way for me,” he said.
Mullin said he hopes to study to be a nutritionist or a physical education teacher, with the opportunity to coach wrestling someday.
Ottawa head coach Kevin Andres, who is tasked with building the program from the ground up, recruited Mullin heavily.
“When I watched him wrestle from the get-go, he had the tenacity that I love in a wrestler — he goes non-stop from stsart to finish,” Andres said. “And he’s got the skill level that transitions perfectly to the next level. He controls his position, he works non-stop the entire time. He’ll fit in very well at the college level.”
Mullin was a part of the 2012 state championship team as a sophomore, before taking fifth in the 138 weight class last season at state individually. He made state again this year, wrestling at 170, but finished 1-2 at state while wrestling up not just one, but two weight classes.
Andres said he’s excited to have such an experienced wrestler to help build his program.
“It’s always helpful to have experienced wrestlers who have wrestled at a high caliber for a long time,” he said. “And Manhattan wrestling has been at a high caliber for a long time. So it helps to build the program with kids at that level.”