Greg Moray heading to Ohio University
STEUBENVILLE – Steubenville High School’s Greg Moray was a nearly unstoppable force on the wrestling mat during a high school career that saw him win 132 matches.
During his college mat career he’ll be a Bobcat.
Moray signed to continue his academic and athletic careers at Ohio University as a part of head coach Joel Greenlee’s wrestling program.
“I have focused on wrestling all through high school,” said Moray. “I have always dreamed about wrestling at the college level and now I am privileged to go to Ohio University and prove myself.
“Getting this great opportunity to continue with wrestling and get a great education will be a dream come true.”
Big Red’s head wrestling coach, Mike Blackburn, believes Moray made a good choice with Ohio University and expects him to thrive.
“I think OU will be a great fit for Greg,” Blackburn said. “OU has great academics, great athletic facilities, and has done a great job recruiting in the last couple years.
“OU has a returning all-American at heavy weight (Jeremy Johnson from Brecksville High School) that will be a senior. He will be a great partner to learn from and help get acclimated to college wrestling.”
Moray was recruited by a number of universities such as Notre Dame of Ohio, Arizona State, Edinboro, and Wheeling Jesuit to name a few, but, in the end, Ohio just stood out to the two-time Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Champion.
“The diversity at OU and the location has been a great incentive,” Moray said. “The focus on education combined with my future as a wrestler has been a great motivator.”
Added Blackburn of the recruitment process, “He had interest from many great programs but I think Greg felt like OU was a great fit for him.”
For Moray the opportunity to wrestle on the collegiate level is the culmination of years of sacrifice, and he’s quick to point out he wouldn’t be here if not for the support of many people.
“I have wrestled since I was five years old,” said Moray. “Since that time my mother and father have always encouraged me and supported me. All my family has always been there for me at all of my tournaments. Even my grandparents have been there.
“My coaches in high school have been great in their support and encouragement. Coaches Blackburn, (Cornell) Birden, (Chuck) Spencer and Tubbo (Yetts) have been my High School models.
“I look forward to my future under the guidance of Coach Greenlee at Ohio University.”
Moray, a two-time state placer, including 2013 runner up at 220 pounds, has been a game-changer for Blackburn’s team during his time in crimson and black.
“Greg is the kind of wrestler, when the team needs a win, he’s going to get it,” said Blackburn. “He has been dominate for us.”
Moray was quick to turn the praise upon the program that helped him get where he is today.
“Big Red has given me the best platform to succeed both in my academic carrier and my wrestling career,” said Moray. “I feel that the coaching staff has prepared me to achieve even greater goal in college.
“I will miss my coaches at Big Red yet feel they will continue to follow my career.”
Moray isn’t only a success on the wrestling mat, his work ethic carries over into his schoolwork as well.
“Greg is honor student,” said Blackburn. “He is a hard worker in the wrestling room, weight room and in the classroom.”
Again Moray isn’t shy about crediting others for the person he has become.
“As a young man I feel who I am today is a result of my parents and my close family,” he said. “Also I have been blessed with great friends who have been a great support group.
“I will miss my years in Steubenville, but look forward to success in the next adventure of my life.”