The St. Catharine College wrestling team will open its first season next fall. And, while the team will be the new kid on the block in the Mid-South Conference, the Patriot grapplers will not lack in coaching experience, or enthusiasm.
Orchestrating the new program is head coach Spencer Adams and assistant Gary Canter. Adams is a 2012 graduate of Campbellsville University where he was a 3-time All American and a 3-time Mid-South Conference champion. Canter wrestled collegiately at Edinboro University.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to be on the ground floor of the St. Catharine wrestling program,” said Adams. “I am looking forward to see how this program will grow as well as the college.”
Both Adams and Canter are experienced in watching wrestling programs grow. They both began high school programs and enjoyed great success.
Adams began the program at Taylor County High School two years ago. In addition to the varsity program there, he also started wrestling at the middle school as well as a youth program. From a group of youngsters who had never wrestled a minute, Adams produced one state qualifier and five state alternates last season.
Canter started the wrestling program at LaRue County High School in 1990. Before retiring from that position last year Canter’s team amassed 476 wins and only 93 defeats. Under his direction, LaRue County never finished outside of the top ten in the Kentucky High School individual tournament in the years 1998-2013. In that period, Canter’s team finished in the top five 11 times. He coached 10 state champions and 84 state medalists. In 2000 Canter was named runner-up as Coach of the Year by Wrestling USA Magazine.
“I am anxious to get started at St. Catharine,” said Canter. “Spencer is great to work with and between us we already have a number of wrestlers who want to come here.”