Freshman Ben Swarr will be continuing his stellar first year of wrestling at Messiah in the upcoming National Championships (photo by GoMessiah).

Freshman Ben Swarr will be continuing his stellar first year of wrestling at Messiah in the upcoming National Championships (photo by GoMessiah).

Jake English
Student Writer

Ben Swarr is a man of many names. “Swarrior”, “Swarrzan”, and “Swarrhead” are just a few that he has been dubbed with.

This freshmen is one of four national qualifiers for the Messiah wrestling team. He will be making his NCAA Division III National Championship debut in the 184 lb. weight class on Mar. 13 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Wrestling ran in the family for Ben Swarr, who himself began wrestling in first grade. Swarr was homeschooled, but he wrestled for Garden Spot High School in Lancaster, Pa. His name went down in the history books for Garden Spot, as he claimed the most career wins in school history with 143. In his senior year, he placed fifth in the Pennsylvania State Tournament.

Swarr is a sophisticated man. When he isn’t wrestling, he is spending time playing music, as he is skilled in playing the drums, guitar, and violin. Country music is his favorite style, and this past semester he performed “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker.

After having an enriching experience at Messiah’s Overflow Intensive Camp, Swarr decided to commit to Messiah College.

“I saw how the guys on the team loved Jesus and wrestled for Him, and I thought that was really cool” Swarr says.

His decision to come to Messiah was affirmed after his experiences this year on the team.

“I have gained 35 of my best friends when I arrived here on campus. We do everything together and love one another whether we win or lose.” he explains.

Due to fighting an injury during the first semester, Swarr did not see much competition in the early weeks of the season. When he was finally healthy, he surprised everyone by recording 22 wins, only one loss, a MAC title, and a Mideast Regional title in the 184 lb. weight class.

As Nationals draw closer, Swarr is getting more and more excited. Having wrestled in the Giant Center before, he is hoping to use his familiarity with the atmosphere to his advantage.

Stay tuned the rest of the week to learn more about Messiah’s other national wrestling qualifiers. They will be in action at the NCAA National Championships on Mar. 13-14 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

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