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July 16, 2020

4/22/2020 2:10:00 PM
Former Jennings County Wrestlers excel on College level
Sam Woolf and Ethan Herrin listed as Scholar All-Americans
Sam Woolf
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Sam Woolf
Ethan Herrin
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Ethan Herrin

Former Jennings County wrestlers Sam Woolf and Ethan Herrin were honored this past 2019-2020 season as National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-Americans for their efforts on the mat and in the classroom.

In order for a student-athlete to be nominated to the DII Scholar All-American Team, they must have had a minimum 3.4 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. The wrestler must also have competed in a minimum of five dates of competition.

Sam Woolf is the son of Angie Woolf and the late Kevin Woolf. His father passed away in March of 2017.

Upon graduating from Jennings County High School, Sam attended IU Southeast in New Albany for three semesters.

At the end of the third semester, Woolf joined the Indiana Army National Guard in January 2019, completing his Basic Training, his AIT (Advanced Individual Training), and Airborne School (parachuting out of airplanes).

Upon completing training in Fort Benning, Georgia, Woolf made the decision to transfer from IUSE to Bellarmine University. In making the decision to transfer, Woolf says, "there were several reasons for the decision. The main two reasons were that Bellarmine offered the course of study (Exercise Science) that I wanted and they also had a wrestling program."

"It was tough having to drive the thirty minutes to class every day but I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the Campus and the classes they offered, and ...wrestling again was a big boost."

IUSE had neither the Exercise Science offering and there was no wrestling program and Bellarmine offered both.

Sitting out of wrestling those two years at IUSE stimulated him to pursue a way of getting back into the sport, at the college level. "after wrestling at Jennings County almost all my life, I still had the desire to continue."

Woolf, wrestling for the Knights of Bellarmine University out of Louisville Kentucky, is majoring in Exercise Science. Woolf joined the Knights in the second semester and collected seven wins, including four falls, competing mostly at 174 and 184 pound weight classes.

Ethan Herrin, completing his senior season at Wabash University, majoring in History, minoring in Education and will receive his license to be a teacher, which has been his number one goal of throughout college. He is the son of Andy and Kathleen Herrin.

After graduating from Jennings County High School Ethan chose to attend Wabash University because of wanting to continue his wrestling career and because of the reputation that Wabash has for their Education Program placement. This honor is actually Herrin's second selection of being chosen as an All-American Scholar.

"I was juggling the possibility of going to USI at Evansville with one group of friends and the other possibility of going to Wabash with another set of friends', Says Herrin. "I chose Wabash because of wanting to continue my career in wrestling."

"Wabash is a small enough school that I have a great relationship with all of my professors". "With around 800 students attending, it made my education more personable", Herrin continued.

As a freshman, Herrin wrestled at the 165 pound class and broke the "Pin Record" with 22 falls in a single season to his credit. He is a three-time Mid-State wrestling Champion.

While a member of the Wabash program, Herrin was part of a team that finished in the "Top 10" in the nation and were ranked #1 in the nation for the 2019-2020 season prior to the National Tournament being cancelled.

It is his lifetime goal to be a teacher and a coach at Jennings County.

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