Schnupp, Weidman earn Warrior Award

By on June 22, 2016

 

Devin Schnupp (left) and Hannah Weidman (right) received this year’s Warrior Award at the Warwick Senior Athlete Recognition and Awards Dessert Social on June 9. (Photo by Bruce Morgan)

Devin Schnupp (left) and Hannah Weidman (right) received this year’s Warrior Award at the Warwick Senior Athlete Recognition and Awards Dessert Social on June 9. (Photo by Bruce Morgan)

Warwick’s Devin Schnupp and Hannah Weidman each displayed a willingness to go the extra mile in their athletic careers at Warwick.

It showed in the end results.

Schnupp, a preferred recruit with the Penn State University wrestling team, finished as the Warriors’ all-time winningest grappler, compiling an overall record of 156-16.

Weidman, despite missing all but one game of her senior field hockey season due to an ACL injury, still signed an athletic scholarship to continue her career at Kent State University.

On Thursday, June 9, they were deserving recipients of the the Warrior Award, presented at the Warwick Senior Athlete Recognition and Awards Dessert Social. The award is given to one male and one female who best exemplify what it means to be a Warrior athlete.

“The dedication that (Devin)’s put in, the way he works at it, the success he’s had … everything kinda goes together on that,” Warwick wrestling coach Ned Bushong said. “I thought it was really great that he won it. It’s a great award to get.”

Warwick field hockey coach Bob Derr said of Weidman, “It’s definitely well-deserved in regards to the kind of person that Hannah is. She represents everything that the Warrior Award represents. The sad thing was that she had to go through the hardship of tearing her ACL in the second game of the season.”

Weidman’s absence on the field certainly contributed in a disappointing 5-13 finish for the Lady Warriors last fall, falling short of the playoffs for the first time in 22 years.

“Our whole team, the way we were setting things up personnel-wise, was based and centered around her,” Derr said. “When she got injured, we had to totally re-develop everything and change everything offensively and defensively because she was going to be the huge key. Let’s put it this way, she was the key that was going to open up the door. We lost the key. That hurt us as far as our team.”

Weidman, who earned three letters and four participations in field hockey, acknowledged that the injury made her appreciate the sport even more.

“Of course, that was heartbreaking and devastating that my high school career ended that way, but now looking back on that, I’m actually so thankful that it did happen to me,” she said, “just because it did open my eyes so much. Like, looking back, I was still able to be a leader on my team, being involved. My coaches involved me, so I was almost like a mini-coach to my team and they were still able to look up to me. Having this injury also made me appreciate so much what sports do mean to me and my life and how it is not to have them anymore (in high school). I’ll be able to keep that in mind in college. I’ll be able to look back on that and realize how thankful I am that I actually am able to play that sport.”

In all, Weidman won six varsity letters &tstr; and nine participations &tstr; in her athletic career at Warwick. Competing in swimming her freshman and junior years, along with lacrosse from her 9th through 11th-grade seasons, she earned three letters combined in those sports.

The friendships she gained along the way were one of the biggest takeaways for Weidman.

“I will never forget any of my coaches or any of my teammates, especially this year when I had my injury,” she said. “I was just so happy that my team was there and my coaches had me running warm-ups and doing everything they could let me do so I could still be involved. So my teammates and coaches are all unforgettable and I’m so thankful for that experience in my high school career.”

She is also very appreciative to have received the Warrior Award at the end of her high school career.

“I was so honored,” Weidman said. “I wasn’t expecting that at all. The Warrior Award represents our school and I just thought that was awesome and such a cool thing to get.”

Schnupp, too, was surprised to receive this year’s Warrior Award.

“I did not expect it,” he said. “It was cool, it was definitely an honor. I just didn’t expect it, but it was pretty neat getting it.”

It’s the latest honor for Schnupp following a Warwick career in which he secured a lot of hardware, including a pair of PIAA State sixth-place medals in his junior and senior seasons. Overall, he was a three-time State qualifier.

The Warriors’ star 113-pounder also captured three L-L crowns, two Sectional championships, and a District Three Triple-A gold. As a junior, he took home a District silver medal.

Considering Schnupp dealt with a couple injuries of his own, he could have put even more distance between himself and previous Warwick wins leader Antonio Giorgio (147-10).

“(Devin) overcame a lot of problems, but just the dedication that he had to get there was amazing,” Bushong said. “I think he really deserved (the Warrior Award). The leadership that he displayed throughout the year and throughout his whole career the way he’s helped different kids and the whole program … it’s really great what he’s done.”

“I always try to push myself every day to work hard in the room and to be an example to everyone, I guess,” Schnupp acknowledged, “just to show leadership and my love for the sport so that all the kids will find an interest in it.”

Asked what he felt were the biggest things he gained for his Warrior career, Schnupp said, “Grit and perseverance were probably the biggest ones, just getting through the long season, keeping my weight under control, dealing with injuries, extra stuff like stretching and the little things you do that really make a big difference to pull through in a long season and have a good post-season. What I probably learned most from wrestling my high school career is, never give up and try your best every day.”

As Bushong summed up, Schnupp was a tremendous role model for younger wrestlers to watch.

“He was vocal at times, but most of the time, it was by example,” Bushong said. “The way he worked and had a willingness to put in extra work &tstr; he set a good example for the kids.”

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