Century's Reese chooses Pacific
Loudyn Reese had a decision to make; wrestle in college; play football in college; or simply go to college and put his athletic career behind him.
He chose a fourth option — which was play both.
The Century senior signed two letters-of-intent to play both football and wrestle for Pacific University in a ceremony in front of family, friends, and both his football and wrestling coaches Thursday, May 9, at Century High School.
"After a couple weeks removed from wrestling and football, I realized I didn't want to be done with sports and wanted to keep playing," Reese said.
The former Hillsboro Spartan, who transferred to Century prior to his junior year, was a second team All-Pacific Conference linebacker for the Jaguars last season and claimed a Pacific Conference wrestling title at 195 pounds before placing fifth at state. He chose to be a Boxer after a visit earlier this year, but was pushed in Pacific's direction after coming to a conclusion last December regarding his desired major — Physical Therapy.
"Around Christmas time I realized that's what I wanted to do," said Reese. "I did a job shadow and liked it, and after my visit to Pacific it felt right. I knew Pacific had a good Physical Therapy program, which is what I want to do, so it just felt right to go there."
His dad, Adam, who was both the football and wrestling head coach at Hillsboro before taking assistant jobs at Century two years ago, is obviously proud of his son, but also excited at the prospects of being able to watch him at the next level.
"I feel great," Adam Reese said. "There's a piece of me that was excited about him trying to go to a big school like Oregon State or TCU, but when he decided to go to Pacific I was obviously happy and excited. I've always wanted to tailgate."
Coach Reese was also excited for his son regarding his academic opportunities at one of the best physical therapy schools in the country.
"With some of the injuries he's had, he decided physical therapy was something he wanted to do," the coach said. "Pacific has one of the best programs in the country, so it just made sense and felt like home."
Loudyn wanted to thank both his family and his football and wrestling coaches, Sean McMenomy and Guy Takahashi, who he attributed for much of his success.
"They've been awesome," he said. "I couldn't have done any of this without them."
And how does he feel about leaving Century in the rearview mirror and looking forward to his collegiate challenge and experience?
"It's bittersweet," Reese said. "It's going to be cool to move on and take that next step, but I do like this school a lot and it's become a second home to me."