State Champion Luke McGonigal Explains What Got Him to Where He is Today

Morgan Demchak, Staff Writer

Recently senior Luke McGonigal won the state championship for wrestling. Luke was kind enough to answer a few questions about what motivates him and what he believes helped him achieve his state championship win.

Q. Do you participate in any clubs in the school?

Luke: “Yes, student council, vice president of the senior class, National Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society.”

Q. How long have you been wrestling?

Luke: “14 years.”

Q. What do you attribute your state championship win to?

Luke: “All the hard work and dedication I have put into this sport. I couldn’t have done it without my coaches, community, and most importantly my family.”

Q. How do you manage time between sports and academics?

Luke: “Academics have always come first. I would get all my school work done first and then spend the rest of my time training.”

Q. Taking into account that you’re a senior, what are your plans after high school?

Luke: “I plan to attend Lock Haven University majoring in Medical Science. I will be wrestling for the Bald Eagles pursing my dreams to become a national champion.”

Q. Do you have a particular quote that resonates with you?

Luke: “Luke 1:37 – ‘For with God, nothing shall be impossible’. ”

Q. Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?

Luke: “My family. They motivate and push me to be the best I can be. Not just in sports but in life.”

Q. Is there anything else you would like to tell students about yourself? 

Luke: “Being a state champ has always been a goal of mine. Hard work truly does pay off.”