PIAA Wrestling Class 3A Day 3 (copy)

Boiling Springs’ Kollin Myers was absent during the postseason after a back injury sidelined him.

For Boiling Springs senior Kollin Myers, his final year of high school wrestling was supposed to end with a gold medal at the PIAA Class 2A Individual Wrestling Championships.

But fate had other plans for the 145-pound senior.

It all started for Myers during the second or third week of practice, he said. What began as a little bit of pain in his back gradually got worse after the Cumberland Valley Kickoff Classic to start the season. He didn’t think much of it.

Then, during the King of the Mountain Tournament, Myers knew something was seriously wrong. The pain in his back increased and his right arm became very weak.

He underwent an MRI shortly after that tournament and the results showed he had a herniated disc in his upper back.

The news wasn’t great, but his doctor ruled out surgery and hoped for a fast recovery. But in a second visit to the doctor before the postseason began, the doctor told Myers he was done for the season.

Myers’ high school career was over. The chance to improve on two state silver medals was gone.

“It hit me pretty hard when I heard him say I was done,” Myers said. “When you work your whole wrestling career to reach a dream of winning a state championship, and then an injury like this puts an end to that, it’s hard to put into words the feelings I had. It was a hard day to get through, and knowing I had wrestled my last match as a Bubbler really sank in.

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“I was very frustrated about it. Especially because I had been so close to gold and my last year I had the opportunity taken away from me.”

Teammates were equally upset for him, Myers said. He had support from teammates and coaches who checked on him. And Myers continued to be there for the team, even if it wasn’t on the mat.

“We had some long talks about it, and [my coaches] were understanding for me and my future,” Myers said. “I wish I would’ve caught onto my injury earlier. It’s hard with wrestling, though, because you always come out of practices with pains here and there. I just wish I could have prevented it from getting worse.”

Although one door has closed for Myers, another remains open come the fall. Myers’ commitment to Lock Haven University means he has perhaps four more years of wrestling where he can chase medals at the collegiate level.

And he’s getting even more help along the way from them.

“The Lock Haven coaches have been helping me a lot during this process,” Myers said. “My progress is going well at the moment, and the doctor says I’m on track to be healthy and start drilling around June. I want to be 100 percent healthy so I can be focused on my future at Lock Haven.

“It has been a great four years here at Boiling Springs. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way and to the fans who came out to support us every match. Wrestling for this team has meant a lot to me and I am very glad I have gotten the opportunity to represent Bubbletown!”

Myers’ career varsity achievements include a 134-20 record, two state silver medals (2016, 2018), a fifth-place state medal (2017), two district gold medals and one district silver.

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