Jared Costa only learned about Anderson University recently, but it didn’t take the South Carolina college long to get a hold on the St. John’s Prep senior wrestler.
Costa made a verbal commitment to Anderson after receiving a partial academic/athletic scholarship offer.
Anderson University, a Division 2 school, currently has three wrestlers from New England on the roster — two from Vermont and one from Franklin, Mass. Evidently, Spartans head coach Dock Kelly likes to recruit in the Northeast and a former Massachusetts high school wrestling coach helped Costa make contact.
Costa visited the school in August and needed only two weeks to decide that Anderson was the best fit.
“I kind of wanted to go away but also wanted to stay close,” the 17-year-old Costa said. “It was more about being a fit for the college than it was about how far away it is. The coach is nice and made me feel like I was home.”
Costa is a talented wrestler who also does the work in the classroom. Wrestling at 138 pounds last year, Costa helped St. John’s win the Division 1 dual meet title. He battled through some injuries late in the season. As a sophomore, he took sixth in states at 126 pounds. He also holds a 3.54 grade point average.
All of those things helped him get what roughly amounts to a 65 percent scholarship, with the opportunity to earn more.
“Dock Kelly called and wanted us to see the school. The campus is pretty similar to the Prep. It’s a Catholic school and I felt like I was at high school in a college setting,” Costa said. “Wrestling is Division 2 and they got a national qualifier last year from Mount Anthony in Vermont. It’s an up and coming program.”
Anderson had everything that Costa wanted: a good Business Management program, an improving wrestling team, and a tight-knit, small campus community.