By Matthew Langston
Leader’s Training Course
Warren Bosch steps into a crowded arena, ready to face his opponent. He feels sweat trickle down his face as he prepares to for the upcoming battle. As he hears teammates cheer his name, he remembers his training that will aid him in conquering the challenge ahead. For Bosch, the training needed to perform well as a wrestler is not unlike the training endured at the Leader’s Training Course.
Bosch is a division one wrestler at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he works out at least twice a day just to stay in shape for the wrestling season. Focused on wrestling, ROTC was not an interest to Bosch until he heard a speech from university cadre. When a member of the softball team decided to join, he was further persuaded to join.
“I never really thought about it before this summer,” he said. “She did it, and that kind of got me thinking about it even more.”
Cpt. Jeremy McCrillis, an assistant professor of military science at Edinboro, said although having student athletes join ROTC has not been a common theme in past years, there are four students at the university in that position this year.
McCrillis said Bosch could succeed in the Army by using lessons already learned from being a wrestler and a member of a team sport.
By competing at one of the largest weight levels in division one wrestling, topping out at 197 pounds, Bosch has had to train hard to achieve goals and be successful. Despite a record of 14-17 last year, Bosch was able to beat two of the top-20 wrestlers in the nation.
Bosch said teamwork has been the biggest comparison he has noticed so far between the course and wrestling. He said with wrestling, you cannot simply be a single person trying to achieve a goal. He said that philosophy is mirrored at LTC.
“As a wrestling team, if your whole team isn’t on board with something, it’s not going to run smoothly,” Bosch said. “Everyone has to work together to get the job done.”
Bosch said he misses not being able to wrestle while at LTC, but is itching to get back on the mat.
“I came here 12 days ago, and I haven’t wrestled since then,” he said. “It’s rough.”
He has been counting down the days until he returns to wrestling.