Yelm Wrestler Signs to William Penn University

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 4/5/22

Jeffrey Myers, a senior wrestler at Yelm High School, committed to continuing his wrestling career after he graduates during a signing event on Friday, April 1.

Myers was joined by his family, …

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Yelm Wrestler Signs to William Penn University

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Jeffrey Myers, a senior wrestler at Yelm High School, committed to continuing his wrestling career after he graduates during a signing event on Friday, April 1.

Myers was joined by his family, wrestling coach Gaylord Strand, and athletic director Rob Hill when he officially signed to join the William Penn University wrestling team in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

The school features over 1,200 full-time students, is in the NAIA classification and is a part of the Heart of America conference.

It touts a successful wrestling program, which featured 2020 NAIA All American Joe Eads.

Myers wrapped his senior campaign up with a fourth place finish at the 2022 Mat Classic. The senior wrestled in the 120-pound weight class, after moving down from the 126 weight class at the start of the season. Myers also had quite the hot streak during his season, reaching 20-0 at one point.

After the signing, Myers spoke to the Nisqually Valley News and reflected on his tenure wrestling at Yelm High School, as well as what the future holds for him at William Penn.

“I’m pretty excited. They have a good wrestling program as well as a good teaching program, which is what I want to do,” said Myers. “Their coach is great. I’m excited about where it’s at and where I’ll get to go to wrestle.”

The head coach for William Penn’s wrestling program is Aron Scott, who will be entering his sixth year with the team when Myers arrives. Scott graduated from Iowa State University in 2008 and wrestled for the Cyclones during his time there.

The Myers family has prior ties to the university. Jeffrey’s older brother, Michael, wrestled at William Penn and graduated from the university in 2014.



“My brother got me to look at the school and I realized that they have a pretty good wrestling program,” said Myers. “We hit up their wrestling coach and he responded pretty fast, and gave me a really good scholarship. I’ve wanted to go there ever since.”

Myers was able to draw several similarities between William Penn University and his stomping grounds of Yelm High School. The biggest similarity between the two schools is the family atmosphere they provide.

“Oskaloosa is a great community, just like Yelm. I like the homeliness and sense of community on campus at William Penn, much like YHS in our community,” said Myers. “I’ve already grown up in a small town atmosphere here in Yelm. Oskaloosa is a pretty small community in its own, and I think that I’ll grow to love it there like I did in Yelm.”

The population of Oskaloosa is roughly 11,500 people, which is about 3,000 more people recorded in Yelm during the 2019 census.

Myers thanked several key supporters who helped him throughout his journey, including his parents Ron and Donnette Myers.

“I want to thank my dad for pushing me these past 12 years in wrestling and helping me be able to earn wrestling scholarships,” said Myers. “I’d also like to thank my mom for driving me to so many practices over the years, and helping me make weight and keep calm.”

Myers also thanked Yelm High School head wrestling coach Strand for his contributions along the way.

“He pushed me all four years in the wrestling program at YHS,” Myers said. “He helped get me to where I am and was a big part in helping me place fourth in state.”

Myers is set to start wrestling at William Penn when their season begins in November.

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