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Elijah Jones signs NLI with Lehigh

by Dennis Weller, Reading Eagle

Posted on November 20, 2017

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Elijah Jones has signed a letter of intent to continue his education and wrestling career at Lehigh University.

The Boyertown senior, who plans to major in mechanical or chemical engineering, finished fifth in the PIAA Class 3A Wrestling Tournament last year and has 89 career wins for the Bears coming into the season.

"I've known about Lehigh for quite awhile as a very good engineering school, as well as wrestling," Jones said at signing day Wednesday. "I decided to talk to Jordan (Wood, 2016 Boyertown grad who attends Lehigh), talk to my coach.

"Over time, it made it clear I wanted to go there. They're a very prestigious engineering school, one of the top in the country. They have a very good alumni networking system that really helps graduates get a job."

Jones began wrestling when he was 5 years old and played football for eight years up until ninth grade.

"I've just always liked wrestling in general, the things it has taught me on and off the mat," he said. "It develops character and self-discipline. If I lose, it's on me. I'm responsible for what I do."

He went 27-15 as a sophomore as part of the Bears team that finished second in the state duals tournament and also made it to the individual state tourney.

Last year, he compiled a 47-8 record while winning the Pioneer Athletic Conference, District 1 West and Southeast Regional titles on his way to a state medal at 182 pounds.

He currently stands in 34th place in career wins for the Bears and could jump into the top 10 with a year like the last one.

"I just want to wrestle the best I can," he said. "Where I finish is where I finish."

Jones has also been a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Future Business Leaders of America throughout high school while volunteering regularly at Butter Valley Community Church.

He'll be joining a team that has been a wrestling power throughout the years. Last season, the Mountain Hawks finished 12th in the NCAA Division I Tournament.

"I'm really excited for him," said older brother Dave Jones, the new Boyertown wrestling coach. "I know that, because of his work ethic and faith, he's going to find success in his future endeavors. Those life lessons learned will help him throughout his life.

"I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to interact with Elijah as a student, athlete and brother. I wish him all the best at Lehigh."

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