COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland wrestling head coach Kerry McCoy has added Seth Ecker to his coaching staff for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Ecker comes to Maryland after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Ithaca College.
“We are excited to have Seth become a part of our program,” said McCoy. “He will play a major role in our growth and success as a team, and has unique experiences as a coach and wrestler that will make us better.”
Ecker helped lead the Bombers to back-to-back ECWC Championships and a 28-7 dual match record over the past two seasons, in addition to a pair of top-15 finishes at the NCAA Championships. Ithaca captured a NCAA Regional title during his tenure, taking first in 2016 before a runner up finish in 2017.
Under Ecker’s guidance, Ithaca produced six NCAA Championship qualifiers in back-to-back seasons, with a total of five Bomber wrestlers earning six All-American awards.
Ecker, a 2012 graduate of Ithaca, capped his collegiate career by becoming the program’s first two-time national champion at 133 pounds. Seeded first at the NCAA Championships he cruised through the bracket, pinning his semifinal opponent and recording an 8-0 major decision in the title bout (he was the only wrestler at nationals to blank his opponent in the finals).
Ecker finished his senior season with a 30-4 record and posted a career record of 108-20, good for ninth on Ithaca’s all-time victory list. He was named Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference (ECWC) Wrestler of the Year, becoming the first two-time winner of that award and won Ithaca’s Ben Light Award as the top male athlete in his senior class. Ecker claimed the ECWC title for the third time and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the season-opening Ithaca Invitational.
He was named a CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American for the second year in a row and was voted the 2012 Men's At-Large Academic All-American of the Year – an award that encompasses student-athletes in fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. Ecker was named to the ECWC All-Academic Team and was selected a National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar-Athlete. He was named to the Empire 8 Presidents’ List following the fall semester and spring semesters.
McCoy and his staff also welcomed a class of 13 newcomers for the 2017-18 campaign. The class features state champions, National Prep All-Americans and InterMat Wrestling top-20 recruits.
“This will be an important class for the future of our program,” said McCoy. “There are some fresh faces that will have an immediate impact on our group this season, so I’m excited to see them get to work.”
Information on this year’s class can be found below.
Before Maryland: 2016 New Jersey State Champion...2017 New Jersey State runner-up…three-time NJ State Placer (8th, 1st & 2nd)...finished high school career with record of 143-30…went 40-2 his senior season…2017 regional and district champion…2017 Cliff Kean All-American…NHSCA Junior National Champion...2016 Super 32 Champion...2016 Journeymen Fall Classic Finalist...2x Beast of the East Placewinner (2016 – 4th, 2017 – 3rd)...Greco/Freestyle Fargo All-American...ranked 5th in the county at 160 pounds via InterMat Wrestling High School rankings.
Before Maryland: Four-time Maryland State Champion at Middletown High School...became the first-ever four-time state champion from Frederick County…just the sixth four-time state champion from the state of Maryland…finished high school career with a record of 181-2 with 117 pins, both Frederick County records…four-time NHSCA All-American…four-time Western Region and Frederick County Champion…2017 Maryland State Wrestling Association All-Academic First Team…2017 National Individual Wrestling HS Ranking #16 (AAU)…three-time captain at Middletown…2014-2017 NHSCA Academic All American…2016 & 2014 Frederick News Post Wrestler of the Year…2016 & 15 Maryland National Team member…two-time Maryland Freestyle Champ…2015 Maryland Triple Crown Award for finishing first in Folkstyle, Greco-Roman and Freestyle….also played soccer, helping Middletown HS to two state championships.
Before Maryland: Four-time Pennsylvania State Qualifier...two-time state place winner (8th, 4th)...three-time Powerade Placewinner (8th, 6th & 7th)...two-time sectional champion…three-time Allegheny County Champion...two-time WPIAL runner-up…finished high school with record of 146-28…four-time team MVP…set school records at Pine-Richland for most wins in a single season (39), most career wins (146), most falls in a single season and most takedowns in a single season…voted Virginia National Dual Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler… Selected to wrestle in 2017 Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic “The Rose Bowl of Wrestling”…team captain…also wrestled for Young Guns Wrestling Club, where he was an AAU Disney Duals All-American and Pennsylvania Freestyle Wrestling runner-up…National Honor Society…AP Scholar with Honors…2x Mentorship Volunteerism Award honoree…volunteer coach for Pine-Richland junior wrestling program…student body vice-president…founder/president of school Spanish Club.
Before Maryland: Four-time state placer at McDonogh (3rd, 2nd, 2nd & 2nd)…finished high school career with 136-42 record…recorded 45 career pins at McDonogh…three-time MIAA Champion, four-time MIAA place-winner...four-time National Prep All-American...two-time Beast of the East place winner...two-time First Team All-Metro…three-time Ray Oliver Tournament placer…went 39-9 as a senior with 13 pins at 145 pounds.
Before Maryland: Three-time Maryland State Placer...2016 Maryland State Champion...two-time Super 32 Placewinner...2015 Beast of the East Champion...2015 Ironman Placewinner...high school team Wyoming Seminary finished season ranked eighth in the country via InterMat Wrestling.
Before Maryland: Four-year letter-winner at Oakdale High School…two-time state placer (2nd & 5th)…went 39-4 as a senior, finishing as a county, regional and state finalist…went 43-4 as a junior, winning the county and regional title…finished high school career with 141-31 record…took third in counties and regionals as a sophomore…won regional title and took third in counties as a freshman…four-time All-Frederick County selection, including First Team honors as a junior and senior…three-time First Team All-Central Maryland Conference…2017 Oakdale HS Male Scholar Athlete Scholarship Award, FCCA Male Scholar Athlete of the Year, Frederick County Birds of Prey (Baltimore Ravens) Scholar Athlete, First Team MSWA All-Academic and Maryland State Finalist for Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship…team captain of wrestling, football and track teams as a senior…played running back and defense at Oakdale, scoring 10 touchdowns with 378 rushing yards and 174 receiving as a senior…sprinter for the track team, winning county, regional and state championship in the 4x800 relay.
Before Maryland: Four-year letter-winner at Gilman...four-time state tournament placer (7th, 3rd, 2nd and 6th)...four-time MIAA place winner (4th, 3rd, 2nd and 3rd)... four-time National Prep qualifier, including All-American finish as a sophomore...finished high school career with 137 wins...three-time winner of the C.B. Alexander Jr. Wrestling Trophy...two-time winner of the Edward T.Russell Trophy...high school senior all star selection...team captain...also played soccer and lacrosse.
Before Maryland: Three-time New York state qualifier…placed fifth in state tournament as a senior…three-time First Team Colonial Council All-Star…two-time section champion…took second at NHSCA Nationals as a senior.
Before Maryland: 2016 Maryland State Champion at 152 pounds…two-time state placer (6th & 1st)…two-time regional placer (1st & 2nd)…four-year letter winner at Dundalk High School…3x team MVP…3x county champion…finished in top five percent of graduating class…coached Junior League Wrestling for the Dundalk Hawks and Maryland Mat Monsters.
Before Maryland: Two-time All-American…took sixth at Senior Nationals…finished seventh at junior nationals….two-time state placer (2nd & 4th)…three-time state qualifier at The Wheatley School…fifth at Eastern States Classic.
Before Maryland: Wrestled at Pine-Richland High School…2015 Powerade Tournament placer…three-time section champ…two-time county champion…2017 county runner up…finished with an undefeated record at the 2017 Virginia Duals.
Before Maryland: Lettered for four years at Half Hollow Hills East…a two-time New York State Placer (5th & 6th)…took seventh at Virginia Beach Nationals as a senior.
Before Maryland: Lettered for four years at Half Hollow Hills East…two-time state qualifier…three-time all-county selection…four-time all-league selection.