By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
Anthony Toineeta, the most decorated wrestler in Cherokee High School history, is going to the next level. He signed a letter of intent on Monday, May 1 in the Charles George Memorial Arena to wrestle next year for Queens University of Charlotte.
Toineeta, who will join the Royals inaugural team, commented, “It’s exciting. It’s what I’ve worked for my whole life.”
Queens University announced in March that it was adding men’s wrestling to its athletic program. Ken Chertow, a six-time U.S.A. National Team member who competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, was selected as the program’s first head coach.
Toineeta, who won two 1A state championships while a Cherokee Brave, said he’s looking forward to the increased level of competition at the collegiate level. “I’m looking forward to progressing and getting better with the level of competition and furthering my academics.”
He plans to study exercise science at Queens.
Tavi Rivera, Braves head wrestling coach, commented, “I couldn’t be more proud of this kid. He’s everything a coach would want. He works hard. He puts in extra work before practice and after practice. He loves the sports, and he enjoys it.”
Bruce Toineeta, Anthony’s father, said of his son’s signing, “It’s an honor. We did a lot of work, did a lot of traveling. It’s a pay-off for this to happen. My daughter signed a couple of years ago. She got a scholarship. It’s just an honor for my kids to be special enough to go to the next level.”
Sunshine Toineeta, Anthony’s mother, related, “He’s been wrestling since he was little. He dreamed of becoming a state champion and he reached that goal twice. Now, he’s working hard to excel at the next level. I’m very proud.”
Queens University is a NCAA Division II program and will compete in the East College Athletic Conference.