NEW LEXINGTON- The Panthers’ wrestling team saw another wrestler decided to continue their wrestling career at the next level when Luke Shively signed his letter of intent for Otterbein University.
Shively plans to study special education while at Otterbein. “It felt like family up there,” he said about Otterbein, “When I went for my overnight visit all the guys made me feel like I was at home. The area is awesome, its busy, keeps you going, and I liked the small campus.”
As a team, the New Lex Panthers won a MVL title in 2018. Shively claimed a first place MVL title in his weight class. Shively was also named MVL wrestler of the year along with Sheridan’s Noah Barnett.
In his senior season, Shively won sectional and district titles. He was also a state placer at the 2018 OHSAA State Wrestling Championship, earning All-Ohio after finishing in seventh place in the 220-weight class.
“My time here at New Lex was awesome. I really enjoyed wrestling for Coach Ratliff and Coach Reed and with all my teammates. The environment on this team and in this town is great,” Shively said about wrestling for the Panthers, “I’m sad to go but I am ready to start a new chapter and go up there and drill with a national qualifier. I want to get better, become a national qualifier and win a national title.”
“Luke is like a second son to me. He has been around since he has moved here,” head wrestling coach Dave Ratliff commented, “He has always been around and now he is moving on. He is going to do great things and he has a work ethic second to none.”