Andrew Nealan to wrestle on Tiffin’s first mat squad

Andrew Nealan, New Richmond High School senior, has signed his college letter-of-intent to further his education and his athletic career at Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio.

His plan is to major in law enforcement and natural resources and to compete on the school’s first wrestling team.

“I like Tiffin because its a small school and I get to help start the wrestling program,” he said.

“I’m happy with his decision,” said his dad, Rob.

“It’s the right decision, a small college,” said his mom, Charlotte.

Nealan competed all four years at New Richmond High in football, wrestling, and track and field. He earned three letters on the gridiron and four each on the mat and o the track.

He was a Southern Buckeye Conference all-star in each sport. In wrestling he is second all-time with a career total of 135 varsity victories, 88 of them by pin.

With all of his involvement in athletics he still found the time to be a member of the chemistry club, and to be a pee wee and youth football coach and a pee wee wrestling coach and referee.

He mentioned as some of the highlights of an outstanding athletic career as “pinning a kid my first year at the state wrestling tournament (junior year),. . . my junior year in track in the four by 200 relay I missed the original handoff to Steve Gantzer and dove to hand it to him and we ended up winning the race. . . playing against Logan Elm in my first state football playoff game.”

He is grateful to people who helped him through his youth and teen years. “My mom and dad got me into wrestling and helped me through everything. . . coach (Deron) Shinkle made me a better wrestler and gave me good direction. . . James White and Jay Troy worked out with me in wrestling. . . my teachers helped me with my school problems and my brother and sister (Ren and Rycca) always helped my keep my head up. . . New Richmond High School for letting me come here from Bethel.”