With only six freestyle weight classes
for wrestlers to slot into — down from
10 in college — LeValley reached
the quarterfinals at 74 kilograms (163
pounds), a weight class that featured
2012 Olympic gold medalist Jordan
Burroughs, former NCAA champions
The most decorated wrestler in Bucknell history, Kevin LeValley ’ 11 recognized the challenge he would face competing at the USA Wrestling Olympic Trials this spring in Iowa City. The two-time All-American for the Bison knew his econd appearance (he also competed in the 2012 trials) would present a significant challenge against an expanded field of world-class competitors.
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Alex Dieringer and Chris Perry, and
four other All-Americans.
“There are so many great wrestlers
at trials — all these competitors of
different ages and from different weight
classes,” says LeValley. “I was somewhat
disappointed with my performance,
At Bucknell, LeValley won more
matches in a season ( 43) and career
(127) than any wrestler in school history.
After his final NCAA match, LeValley
vividly remembers “sitting there teary-
eyed with [assistant coach] Dave
Hoffman asking me, ‘Why are you
crying? Your best wrestling is in front
of you.’ ”
After four years as an assistant coach
at the University of Minnesota — where
he met his wife while competing with
the Gopher and Minnesota Storm
wrestling clubs — LeValley returned to
Lewisburg last year as an assistant coach
with the Bison and competitor for the
newly formed Buffalo Valley Regional
Training Center’s wrestling club.
In past years, LeValley won a
tournament in Cuba and was ranked
18th in the world (he is currently
unranked). The skills he learned
on and off the mat continue to push
“When I started wrestling as a kid,
I wanted to wrestle until I couldn’t
wrestle anymore,” LeValley says. “Then
I wanted to coach until I couldn’t coach
anymore. Now I’m doing both.”
Above: LeValley (center) receives the
149-pound title trophy at the 2011 EIWA
Championships at Sojka Pavilion with
assistant coach Dave Hoffman (left) and
head coach Dan Wirnsberger (right).
Below: LeValley (right) coaching
Bucknell’s wrestling team during a 2016
match vs. Bloomsburg University.