Coshocton’s Brink signs to wrestle at DI Northern Illinois

| November 14, 2019

Coshocton High School senior Lucian Brink (center) signed his letter of intent to wrestle at Division I Northern Illinois University. Pictured with him are his mom and dad, Susan and Shawn Brink and sisters Madison Brink and Jaidyn Brink. Josie Sellers | Beacon

COSHOCTON – Coshocton High School senior Lucian Brink had a goal to wrestle in college. He is now one step closer to achieving that goal on Nov. 13 after signing his letter of intent to wrestle with the Division I Northern Illinois University Huskies.

“I’m going to get to wrestle with some of the best kids in the country with one of the best teams in the country,” Brink said. “I liked the team, the coaches, the staff and really everything about the school. The academics are great there and I felt at home.”

He will be a four year letterman for the Redskins and takes a 139-8 overall record into his senior season. Brink has already won three sectional titles, two district titles, and qualified for the state tournament all three years. He finished as the state runner-up in Division III at 106 pounds as a sophomore and brought home the state championship in Division III at 113 pounds as a junior.

“Winning a state title was a pivotal moment (in my career),” Brink said. “Nine years led up to that and I hope to get another one.”

He also has many fond memories of spending time with teammates, going on road trips, laughing, having good times, and working hard together.

“I’ve gotten better (over time) and I’ve got to watch my teammates improve too,” Brink said. “That’s been cool to see.”

In addition to wrestling with the Redskins, Brink has wrestled in multiple national level tournaments including the Junior Olympics. His time this summer with the Junior Olympics was spent in Fargo, North Dakota and Greensboro, North Carolina. He came home with a silver team medal and two individual gold medals.

“I have to thank my parents for everything they’ve done for me, my sisters who have gone and sat at a lot of wrestling tournaments, and my coaches and teammates for helping me through the tough spots and pushing me to the next level,” Brink said.

He is the son of Shawn and Susan Brink, who were both very excited for Lucian on signing day.

“Northern Illinois has everything he wants and needs,” Susan said. “As a mom I feel like it is going to be his home.”

Shawn was impressed with the wrestling coaches there.

“The head coach spoke to the boys and Assistant Coach Moyer was really open to any questions we had,” Shawn said.

Coshocton High School Wrestling Head Coach Sean Collins added that the Huskies are getting a hard worker who is persistent, and will only get better with the opportunities available to him at a DI school.

“He still has his senior year to grow and develop and I know he has his eyes on the prize to get another state title,” Collins said. “We have a great program here at Coshocton and if you work hard you can have success.”

Brink encouraged his younger teammates to do just that.

“Keep working hard, but have fun too,” he said. “You can work as hard as you want, but if you’re not having fun you won’t have the spark for it. You got to have that love for it.”

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Josie Sellers

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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