Interview with the Oregon Wrestling Report
*Two-Time NCAA Champion (1994 &'97)
*Three-time Big Ten Champion('94,'95 & '97)
*Olympic Trials South Regional Champion ('96)
*1996 Olympic Alternate (220)
*Pan-Am Gold Medal Winner ('93)
*U.S. National Freestyle Team Member
*Career NCAA Record: 150-18 (89.2%)
*W.I.N. Magazines 1997 "Hodge Award" winner as the outstandingcollegiate wrestler of the year
*41-0, 11 pins, 12 Maj. Dec.'s, 4 Tech Falls('96-'97)
*Won 131 of his last 132 Collegiate Matches, includingan 88 match winning streak ('94-'95)
*Won 58 straight dual matches
*Completed three straight undefeated dual seasons
*Knocked off 15 ranked opponents in 1997-seven in thetop five
*Named Blue White Illustrated's Athlete of the Year for1994 and 1997
*Named "Outstanding Wrestler" at the 1995 Big Tens and1997 National Duals
Penn State Records
Matches: Tied for 1st - 168
Victories: 2nd - 150, leader: 155
Dual Meet Victories: 2nd - 71, leader: 73
Falls: 1st - 34
Nittany Lion Career
Without a doubt, the focal pointand leader of the Nittany Lion lineup, Kerry McCoy enters his senior seasoncarrying the weight of lofty expectations. One of the most dominating wrestlersin the history of collegiate wrestling, he will begin the season havingwon 90 of his last 91 collegiate bouts and carrying a streak of 38 consecutivedual meet wins. He is in the top 10 in five major Penn State record categories,including career victories (8th, 109), dual meet victories (5th, 51), careerfalls (4th, 23), season victories (1st, 47) and season falls (4th, 11).One of the most popular and recognizable athletes on the Penn State campus,McCoy appears primed mentally and physically to reclaim the NCAA heavyweighttitle after taking World and Olympic champion, Kurt Angle to a 0-0 referee'sdecision before losing in the finals of the U.S. Freestyle Open last season.
Redshirt season...took the yearoff to make a run at making the U.S. Olympic team...won the South Regionalin Olympic Trials qualifying by downing Jason Loukides 11-8 in the final...nearlyclaimed the U.S. Open Freestyle title at 220 pounds after taking worldand Olympic champion Kurt Angle to a 0-0 referee's decision and losingin the final...at the Olympic trials McCoy, No. 4 ranked, opened with impressive6-0 and 7-0 wins over Dan Troupe and Kirk Trost before having his Olympicdreams thwarted with a 3-1 loss in the semifinals to No. 3 ranked Dan Chaid...wrestlingunattached throughout the year McCoy also claimed titles at the East Stroudsburgand the Penn State Open tournaments.
1994-95 NCAA Championships (3rd, 4-1)
McCoy entered the tourney witha 38-0 record as the heavy favorite to repeat as national champion...thingswent as planned in his first three matches as he pinned Dion Reed of Boston(4:57), forced a match termination against Fresno State's Darin Preisendorf(19-4, 7:00) and earned a major decision in his quarterfinal match, his88th consecutive win (4th best all-time), against ninth-seeded Jeremy Layof Missouri (11-2)...Northern Iowa's Justin Greenlee, the fifth seed, dethronedMcCoy with a 4-3 decision in the semi-finals...wrestling back, Nick Hall(Old Dominion) defaulted (0:01) to McCoy, and then the Nittany Lion wenthome with third place after a 4-1 win over Wisconsin's Jeff Walter, the11th seed.
Big Ten Championships (1st, 4-0)
Voted Outstanding Wrestler as heearned a fall, a match termination and two 6-1 wins en route to his secondstraight Big Ten heavyweight crown...in order, McCoy dispatched David Pierce(Purdue), Robert Chicoine (Northwestern), Walter and Billy Pierce (Minnesota)...McCoyfinished the season with a 43-1 record...scored 73 points for the NittanyLions en-route to a perfect 17-0 dual-meet slate...he pinned nine opponents,scored four match terminations and earned 12 major decisions...earned 13wins during the regular season against 1995 NCAA qualifiers, includingtwo victories over national champion Tolly Thompson of Nebraska...capturedtop honors at the season opening East Stroudsburg by defeating North Carolina'sJustin Hardy, 6-5, in the title bout...a week later, won first place atthe Mat Town Tournament at Lock Haven by defeating Thompson,4-1...won theheavyweight title at the Penn State Open, recording two falls and two majordecisions...captured the Midlands Tournament with a 5-3 victory over Greenlee...went6-0 at the National Duals, including falls over Thompson (4:20) and MichiganState's Rob Train (2:36)...defeated Navy's Dan Hicks at the NWCA All-StarClassic, 3-2.
1993-94 NCAA Championships (1st, 5-0)
McCoy became the 13th Penn Statewrestler to win an NCAA championship when he defeated Northern Iowa's JustinGreenlee, 7-4, at the nationals held at the North Carolina campus...thetop-seeded heavyweight, McCoy finished the season with a 47-0 ledger...McCoybecame the Nittany Lion's first NCAA heavyweight since Bill Oberly capturedthe crown in 1955.
Big Ten Championships (1st, 3-0)
McCoy captured the Big Ten titlewith a 3-1 overtime decision over third-ranked Billy Pierce of Minnesota...Posteda 21-0 dual meet record as a sophomore...In four of Penn State's initialfive dual meets, his victories provided the winning margin for the Lions...selectedBig Ten wrestler of the month for February...McCoy defeated seven of thetop eight heavyweights in the final rankings...he also defeated Greenleein the NWCA All-Star Classic.
1992-93 NCAA Championships (1-2)
In his NCAA debut, McCoy won hisfirst bout, and then ran into No. 1 seed Rex Holman of Ohio State...Holmanlogged a 13-3 victory on his way to the national title...wrestling back,McCoy lost a 7-1 decision to Jeff Kloiber of Pittsburgh.
Big Ten Championships (6th, 2-3)
As a sixth seed he drew considerableattention at the Big Ten Championships when he upset third third-seededKeith Davidson of Wisconsin, 8-6, in overtime, during the quarterfinals...afterlosing to second-seeded Joel Sharratt of Iowa in the semi-finals, he wenton to place sixth...as a true freshman, McCoy won the starting job at 190pounds and was the only Lion to compete in all 23 dual meets en route toa 13-10 dual-meet record and a 19-17 record overall...wrestling unattached,McCoy placed third at the East Stroudsburg Open...enjoyed a very successfulFreestyle season...landed a spot on the U.S. Pan-American team by winningthe 220 pound title at the University National Championships...McCoy defeatedthree opponents to secure the gold medal at the Pan-American Championshipsin Caracas, Venezuela, in June...he also captured consecutive Freestyletitles at the New York Athletic Club Tournament, University Nationals andNortheast Regional Tournament...at the Espoir National Tournamnet at SanJose, Cal., he won the Greco-Roman title at 220 and finished as the runner-upin Freestyle.
McCoy completed an undefeated seniorseason at Longwood High School by winning his first New York state titleat 177 pounds...a runner-up in the 1991 state tournament, his only losshis junior year was in the championship bout...during the summer of 1992,McCoy was one of 14 American wrestlers to compete in the Tour du Mondein Russia...he was the only U.S. wrestler to earn a gold medal at the competition,winning the 198 class title...followed that performance by taking goldmedals in the heavyweight scholastic division in both Greco-Roman and Freestyleat the Empire State Games...burst onto the international scene when heplaced second at the Cadet World championships in Hungary in the 16-and-underdivision...at Longwood High School, McCoy served as senior class president,played the cello in the orchestra and maintained a 3.9 grade-point average.
Quoting Coach Fritz
"The nice thing about Kerry isthat he's got perspective. I don't think he just looks at it as being thebest guy there is. He looks at it saying, 'Everyday I have to work hardto be the perfect wrestler' and that's what he wants to do. He wants todominate."