Cowburn Wrestling at Penn State

From the Endeavor News

Dirk Cowburn has swapped the purple and white athletic threads of Coudersport High School for the blue and white of the Penn State Nittany Lions as a freshman collegiate wrestler.

With the three Nittany Lions at the 157, 165 and 174 weight classes all ranked in the top 14 among all Division I wrestlers nationwide, Cowburn realizes he will have to wait his turn.

He did see his first official collegiate action during the East Stroudsburg State University Open and he marched through the 165-pound weight class with a 4-0 record, including three pins.

Penn State’s 12 contestants at the tournament were wrestling as independents, which protects the status of redshirted freshmen who could still retain four years or athletic eligibility after the current season concludes.

Dirk, the son of Dan and Darla Cowburn, was among the nation’s most highly recruited scholastic wrestlers a year ago. He was a two-time PIAA state champion, having claimed the 152-pound title as a junior and a sophomore. Last year, Cowburn went 42-2 and took second in the state.

As a junior, he went 30-2 to claim the title and as a sophomore he went 38-0. Cowburn finished at 146-7 during his four-year career at Coudersport.

An outstanding freestyle and Greco wrestler as well, Cowburn won the 2007 Cadet National title in Greco-Roman and took second in freestyle at that event. In 2008, Cowburn placed second at the 2008 Junior Nationals in Greco as well.

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