May 4, 2021 - This past weekend, Providence Day saw one of their student-athletes, junior Spencer Turtz, come five strokes shy of qualifying to play with the pro’s in the PGA Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club. While Spencer was swinging his golf clubs at Quail Hollow, three other Charger student-athletics were also competing on a national stage at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Pennsylvania at the National Prep Wrestling Championships. Senior Aidan Lorsson, junior Nathaniel Insko, and sophomore Pearce Phillips traveled to the Quaker State with coaches Terry Tadeo and Tommy Racano to test their skills with some of the country’s best high school wrestlers.
Aidan, Nathaniel and Pearce all qualified to participate in this national tournament on the merits of being NCISAA State Champions in their respective weight classes. This year’s tournament was more of an open tournament due to the Covid-19 pandemic and various restrictions and concerns. The tournament was actually postponed a few months, but all three wrestlers continued to work hard through the delay and were able to maintain the conditioning that enabled them to win a NCISAA state championship.
Over the long weekend, Aidan wrestled in the 138lb weight class and ended up wrestling three matches. Pearce wrestled at 113lbs and Nathaniel at 152lbs. When the tournament was all over, both Pearce and Nathaniel had each wrestled six different matches and ended the tournament finishing in the top six which qualified them for “Prep School National Placer Recognition.” This designation is given to the top eight finishers. A few years ago, this recognition was called “All American.” The last Charger wrestler to receive All-American status was Jimmy Colavita, class of 2005.
To underscore this accomplishment, it’s important to note that Nathaniel and Pearce were the only representatives from the NCISAA to earn a Top 8 National Placer designation. Additionally, this is the first time since the late 2000's that an NCISAA member school has had more than one National Placer. Quite an accomplishment for the Charger wrestling program!
Providence Day’s Wrestling Program Head, Paul Burnam, had these thoughts about Aidan, Nathaniel and Pearce’s tournament accomplishments: “Coach Tadeo, Coach Racano, and I are so very proud of all their hard work. Aidan will surely be missed next year, and we wish him all the best as he continues his wrestling endeavors at Washington and Lee University. Nathaniel and Pearce will be looked upon to be leaders of the program next year along with a great group of seniors that will be returning.”
Congratulations Aidan, Nathaniel and Pearce! A great testimony to hard work, perseverance, and determination.