Andy Janovich, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound fullback and linebacker, originally had accepted a scholarship from the University of Nebraska at Kearney over offers to walk on at Nebraska or wrestle. But the athlete chose to walk on at Nebraska after all.
Janovich was the 189-pound state champion in wrestling as a junior. He was 40-1 as a sophomore and the state runner-up.
Gretna wrestling coach Matt Bruggeman said Janovich could easily have wrestled Division I.
“There’s no question about it,” he said. “He’s clearly one of the most talented and athletic high school wrestlers in the United States. You can talk to any coach. Even when he’s wrestling on the national level in the summers, there’s no doubt about it. The college coaches I’ve spoken with, it’s a no brainer.”
So why choose football?
“I’ve never really enjoyed wrestling as much as I did football,” Janovich said. “I was kind of forced into wrestling, I had to beg to get into football.”
Janovich led the state in tackles as a junior and finished in the top 10 again in 2011. He averaged 16.4 tackles per game with 197 total tackles recorded.
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
Gretna’s Janovich not one to back down (Omaha.com)
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