Cervenka eyes fourth wrestling title

After signing his national letter of intent on signing day, three-star defensive tackle Gage Cervenka (Greenwood, S.C.) out of Emerald High School caught up with CUTigers on what it will be like to wear the orange and white.

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After losing all four starters on the defensive line to graduation, the Clemson coaching staff quickly addressed the need for more depth with the 2015 recruiting class.

Gage Cervenka faxed his letter of intent early on the morning of February 4th but has known for a long time that he wanted to be a Tiger.

"I'm just excited for the fact that I get to go to the school of my dreams," said Cervenka. "It was an exciting feeling when I got the offer, but I was even more excited when I signed. I get to play for the best coaches in college football."

With the losses of Grady Jarrett, DeShawn Williams and Josh Watson on the interior of the defensive line, Brent Venables will be looking for extra bodies to sustain the depth Clemson has used over the last couple of seasons.

Cervenka noted that he won't back down from the competition, "I definitely see myself pushing for playing time. I guess you can consider me an underdog, but that doesn't matter. It won't change the motivation I have to be the best, and I'm going to push myself to earn a starting spot."

Cervenka has been a standout on the gridiron while at Emerald, but he's known for more than just football.

He is also three-time heavyweight state champion in wrestling, and he can see how it's changed his game on the field.

"Wrestling has impacted my game tremendously. Just being able to get off blocks, exploding off the ball, and using leverage to be able to move people off the ball," he said.

Plus, Cervenka isn't quite done with wrestling as he finishes his senior year.

"My senior year is going good. I am still undefeated and my goal is to finish this year with my fourth state title," said Cervenka.

While he still has some goals to accomplish in terms of wrestling, Cervenka has his eyes set on big things at Clemson as well.

"Our team goals are to win the opener, the division, the state championship, then win the ACC Championship and then win a National Championship," said Cervenka. Cervenka has his mind set on a lot of future accomplishments as he and the other incoming freshmen begin their collegiate careers, but there's one more thing he's highly anticipating for freshman season.

"I can't wait to run down the hill," he exclaimed.

Cervenka stands at 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds and is rated as the second best defensive tackle to come out of South Carolina in the 2015 class.

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