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January 24, 2008

Malo leaves BU wrestling scholarship behind

DANVERS - Former St. John's Prep star Ryan Malo, last year's Division 1 state wrestler of the year, recently withdrew from Boston University, leaving a full wrestling scholarship behind.

He is currently enrolled in classes at Northern Essex Community College, with plans to attend another school next fall.

Malo had started the season going 5-5 for the Terriers' wrestling team. During an interview yesterday, however, Malo said he had a difficult time adjusting to Boston.

"I knew going in that living in the city was not something that I was really looking forward to, but I really liked the coaching staff at BU so I figured I would give it a shot," said the Georgetown resident. "I realized, though, that the city life was not for me, and mentally it really distracted me from wrestling."

After a legendary high school career culminating in an overall record of 148-27, back-to-back state championships in his junior and senior years, a New England championship in his senior year and a remarkable 58-0 record in his final season, Malo was pursued by several colleges, including Bucknell, Harvard, and Williams. Bucknell, with its nationally ranked recruiting class, was the original front-runner for Malo's services, but he changed his mind last spring and picked BU.

Currently helping out as an assistant coach with the St. John's team, Malo said staying close to home as well as picking a school with a top notch education will be the most important determining factors when considering his next move.

"I recognize that I have a few options, but I want to stay close to home somewhere in New England," said Malo, who is considering Williams and Wesleyan among others. "I'm still waiting to get some information back from those schools before I make up my mind, but I definitely also want to be able to wrestle wherever I go."

However, Williams may have the inside track with three of Malo's former SJP wrestling brethren on the Williams team - Tim Kiely, Kyle Ayer, and Doug Washington - as well as a fourth former Eagle grappler Trevor Powers, who is currently a captain on the football team.

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