2013-01-03 / Sports

Thurston Accepted To Study, Wrestle at Brown University

By David Latva


LaSalle High School senior Galloway Thurston has verbally committed to study and wrestle at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. LaSalle High School senior Galloway Thurston has verbally committed to study and wrestle at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. LaSalle High School senior Galloway Thurston has been accepted to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, to wrestle for the Bears and undertake a pre-medical curriculum.

“I am excited about the opportunity to wrestle at the collegiate level, but, more important, to study at an Ivy League school with high academic standards,” he said.

Thurston made an official visit to Brown University with his mother, Marilyn.

“This was a perfect fit and, immediately, I knew that Brown was the place for me,” said Thurston.

“The three-day trip lasted five days, owing to weather conditions,” said Mrs. Thurston. “I was very impressed with the university and how they value education over athletics. This is the best place for Galloway.”

Brown University was founded in 1764 and is the seventh oldest college in the United States.

A Division 1 university, the Bears belong to the Eastern Collegiate Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (ECIWA).

Thurston has compiled more than a 4.0 grade point average at LaSalle High School and has recorded 172 career victories, 11 away from the school record of 184 held by John Evashevski. He lettered four years for the Saints in varsity wrestling and three years on the football team.

“Galloway is a strong wrestler and has dedicated his career to the sport,” said Saints wrestling Coach Harvey Bentley. “Brown University is getting an outstanding wrestler and student.”

On the gridiron, football coach Marty Spencer called Galloway a hard worker who played with intensity on defense and offense.

He was the second-leading tackler, with 103 combination tackles and assists, for a 9.4 average per game, along with two quarterback sacks. He rushed for 663 yards, a 7.29 average per carry, scored 10 rushing touchdowns, and caught eight passes for 70 and two receptions for touchdowns.

In high school, there are 14 weight classes, 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215, 285 (heavyweight), while in college there are 10 weight classes, 125, 133, 141, 149, 157, 165, 174, 184, 197, and 285 (heavyweight).

Thurston has wrestled at 171 and 189 in high school and at that this time could wrestle at 174, 184 or 197, depending what the Bears coaches John Clark and David Amitto have planned.

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