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Keith Musser Memorial Award - Inspirational Wrestler

Keith Musser began wrestling in the third grade, and continued even through graduation in 1986.  He and his brother Cordell (’84) trained together at Garden Spot under Coach Hale and later Messiah College in Grantham, PA.


The brothers were no strangers to overcoming adversity with a champions attitude.  From early childhood, Cordell learned to walk, run, and wrestle in spite of the loss of his right leg below the knee.  As a Spartan wrestler, he advanced to the State Championship three times.  Keith knew adversity as well and is remembered as a hard worker who loved the sport of wrestling.


“He often ran into hardship and obstacles in his path” his brother reflects.  “But Keith approached his illness and his life the same way he approached the challenges of this sport...  with determination.”


A Spartan team captain and leader, Keith was optimistic, friendly or rarely had a bad word or mood around friends, family and teammates, even during the long nine month battle with cancer that claimed his life in 1989.


“Wrestling is a very hard sport that requires much physical and mental conditioning – like life.  You don’t always have a team to fall back on.  You get out of wrestling what you put into it.”  Cordell explains the relationship between wrestling and life and the essence of the award he presents each year in honor of his brother Keith.


As brothers, Keith and Cordell were two years and weight class apart.  Rivals, yet close, they roomed together in college, wrestled through school and were always pushing each other.


Keith was a consummate “coachable athlete”.  He was all state soccer player, league MVP in baseball and section Champion his senior year of wrestling.  Former GSHS soccer coach Ray Stern once said that if he could pick an athlete for his own son to aspire to... it would be Keith Musser.  He demonstrated the condition of mind and body for the challenge of sport and life.

Year
 Wrestler/Award WInner
1998
 Gabe Abreu
 1999
 Mike Musser
 2000
 Wayne Bawell
 2001
 Mike Reeser
 2002
 Juan Carajal
 2003
 Steve Amico
 2004
 Jon Newswanger
 2005
 Jim Sparks
 2006
 Kevin Mast
 2007
 Tim Ferstler
 2008
 Michael Strangarity
 2009
 John Schonour
 2010
 Neal O'Malley
 2011
 Alex Aharonian
 2012
 Rob King
 2013
 Tanner Leid
 2014
 Zach Martin
 2015
 Will Finkey and Chance Norris
 2016
  Dan Swarr
 2017
  Connor FInkey
 2018
  Christian Schilling
 2019
  Garrett Gehr
 2020
  Josh Groff
 2021
  Mason Casey
 2022
  Jeremy Schilling