West Liberty mat standout lands post at Mississippi St.
WHEELING — From the Hilltop to the Southeastern Conference. A transition such as that doesn’t come down the pike too often.
It is one, however, Isaiah Myers is ecstatic to make.
The former Wheeling Park High two-sport standout recently concluded his junior wrestling campaign at West Liberty University. In late May, Myers will be embarking on two-month trip to Starkville, Miss.
Myers has secured a strength & conditioning internship at Mississippi State University. He will be working with the Bulldogs’ football program, commencing May 29.
“I am really excited. This is a great opportunity,” Myers said. “The SEC is a super football conference. This position will enable me to really learn more about the profession.”
While on duty with the Bulldogs, Myers will be working with another Ohio Valley native.
DeVaughn Gordon, who starred at Wheeling Central and West Liberty on the gridiron, is an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Mississippi State. Gordon has previously worked in similar capacities with North Carolina Central University and East Carolina.
Myers launched his collegiate career at Waynesburg University following a sparkling Patriot prep tenure. He was a defensive end on Park’s 2015 and only state championship football team. Myers added another state title to his athletic resume by capturing the state wrestling championship in the 220-pound class as a senior. He was selected the 2016 OVAC West Virginia Wrestler of the Year.
After a year of Yellow Jacket football, he had a change of heart, opting to transfer to West Liberty and turn to the mat sport. Myers had to deal with injuries this past winter as an early-season elbow issue hampered him much of the campaign. “I got into a strength and conditioning program this year at West Liberty. I told one of my instructors about my goals,” Myers said. “He gave me some contacts and I sent out e-mails to a lot of schools like Florida and Florida State and Central Florida.
“Cincinnati offered me an internship. But Mississippi State was too attractive to pass up with DeVaughn there,” he added. “It is a real good football school. It will be an ideal learning experience for me.”
Myers plans on wrestling again next winter for the Gold & Black. He is majoring in exercise physiology.
“I will be at Mississippi State until the end of July. I will be working with the football athletes,” Myers said. “It will be a great training ground for me. I realize how lucky I am to gain this opportunity. My goal is to become certified in this field and make it my profession.”
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