US Open finalist Honis joins Pennsylvania Regional Training Center

Ben Honis reached the U.S. Open finals in 2019 (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

The Pennsylvania Regional Training Center (PRTC) has announced the addition of Ben Honis to its freestyle program.

A 2019 All-American and First-Team All-Ivy selection, Ben competed with Cornell for four seasons in both the heavyweight and 197-pound classes. He earned All-American status in gritty fashion when he was upset in his first match at the NCAA tournament, but rebounded to win four straight matches to finish in eighth place.

Ben also has impressive freestyle credentials having finished as the 97-kilogram runner-up at the 2019 Marine Corps US Open, which earned him a spot in the World Team Trials.

After finishing his collegiate wrestling career, Ben joined Syracuse's football team where he played in nine games for the Orangemen.

"Ben Honis has made the US Open finals at 97 kilograms in a convincing manner and his freestyle skills are extremely impressive. More importantly, after spending time with Ben and getting to know him personally, it is immediately clear that he is a man of substance and character. Ben is an ideal fit for our PRTC culture, and we are blessed to have him on board," said Brandon Slay, executive director and head coach of the PRTC.

Added Ben, "I am thrilled to be a part of the storm that's coming out of the PRTC. After taking a visit and meeting with Coach Slay and the current athletes, I noticed a unique dynamic and felt an immediate connection. At the PRTC, I will have the opportunity to develop my wrestling while also serving those in the community. I will be surrounded by great leaders who will encourage me in my faith journey. I look forward to resuming my training at the PRTC very soon!"

At the PRTC, our mission is to enrich lives locally and globally through the sport of wrestling, and we do this by living out our core values of Faith over fear, Full effort, Struggle well, and Serve others.


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