Continuing his career; O’Shea signs at NIAAC
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:52 AM
Kellan O’Shea hasn’t hung up his wrestling shoes yet.
Decorah wrestler Kellan O’Shea (sitting middle) signed his letter of intent to compete at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Thursday morning. Pictured are, sitting, from left - Lisa Engen, O’Shea, Greg Engen. Back row - NIACC Head Coach Steve Kelly. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
The Decorah Viking will continue his career at North Iowa Area Community College (NIAAC), located in Mason City.
O’Shea signed his letter of intent Thursday.
When O’Shea sets foot on campus in the fall, he’ll have a familiar face to look to. O’Shea has been driving to train with one of the NIACC assistant coaches.
“I’ve been wrestling a lot with T.J. Sebolt so it won’t be a big jump to the program,” said O’Shea.
For Head Coach Steve Kelly, who just completed his fifth year with the Trojans, O’Shea was an easy fit with the program.
“I really liked his commitment. He’s been coming over to work with T.J. Sebolt. That’s a big commitment for someone to do that to drive over an hour one way,” said Kelly. “He really liked the campus and the workout room we have here. He understands it’s not just about wrestling. He understands that’s just a vehicle to get through school and graduate.
“He’s going to fit in fairly well here with our program. Sebolt said he does great with the nuts and bolts. He should have a smooth transition. And it helps that he’s not that far away from home. To have the support of your parents is huge.”
O’Shea said NIAAC seemed like a natural fit with his interest in the HVAC program (heating, ventilation and air conditioning).
A solid career
O’Shea was a strong member of the Decorah wrestling team during his four-year career. He was a three-time state qualifier, competing in the lighter weights.
This season, O’Shea built a 16-3 record, claiming runner up at the regional meet to qualify for state. He ended his illustrious career with 98 wins, 44 losses and 33 falls. His 98 wins places him in a tie for 18th on Decorah’s all-time win list.
He is the son of Greg and Lisa Engen and Rob Wedo.