Quakertown's Cope to Wrestle at Western New England

On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, Quakertown senior Corey Cope was recognized for committing to continue his wrestling career at Western New England University. To view photos of the event, please visit the photo gallery by clicking on the following link: https://solsports.zenfolio.com/p179292119



Corey Cope – Western New England University (Wrestling)


Major: Finance


Final list of colleges:  Western New England, Lycoming, Delaware Valley


Reasons for choosing Western New England:  “Great finance/business program”


What was the progression that led you to wrestling at the collegiate level?  “I’ve been wrestling my whole life and love the sport so much that if the opportunity came I knew I had to keep wrestling in college. The recruiting process began right after my junior season when I got a few letters and emails.”


Coach Kurt Handel says:  “You don’t get too many athletes like Corey to come through a program, and as an athlete, you don’t realize the time, energy and commitment you made and what a difference it makes for the entire program. Four years ago, Corey came in – he was a little guy, had to put some weight on to get to the weight, but four years later, he finished with a record of 107-51 and was 15th on the all-time career list. Quakertown wrestling got a late start – 1959-60 was the first year. A lot of the other sports started back in the early 1900s. If you stop and think for a second, that’s pretty impressive – 15th in a sports program that has been around since the 60s. He’s also eighth on the all-time pin list with 57. His records are going to be around for quite some time.
“Corey was an all-league selection four years in a row. On top of that, he was recognized on the state all-academic team three years in a row, so he was truly a student-athlete. He was a role model for everyone in the program. Young kids come in – ‘Hey, what should I do?’ ‘Talk to Corey – he’ll give you some good guidance.’ Corey has a great personality. He’s a quiet guy but a hard worker, and he wasn’t afraid to help the young guys in a very positive way. Sometimes you can talk down to the younger players, but he understood the importance of that. He helped the middle school program throughout his years at the high school. People say ‘Wow, he’s a pretty amazing guy.’ I said, ‘He had a pretty amazing support program at home with his parents.’ The one year he had to lose some weight. He said, ‘I’ve never had to lose weight. I’m a small guy. How do I lose weight?’ I know Corey, his mom and dad really looked at the diet and went out and made the commitment. It’s been quite an amazing ride.”


About Corey:
Favorite food: 
Favorite movie:  Creed II
Favorite music:  Rap/Classic Rock