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Mahaffey can't pass up opportunity at Campbell

June 11, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

The chiropractor vs. the youth minister.

There's no twisting the truth in that wrestling match.

Just ask Derek Mahaffey, who recently decided that he'll accept an NCAA Division I athletic scholarship from Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., to wrestle for the Fighting Camels.

"I'm not just going to wrestle," said Mahaffey, of Waynesboro, Pa. "I'm planning on doing a double major also - religious studies and pre-med. I want to be a chiropractor and a youth minister. It's a pretty odd combination, but it's what I want."

Mahaffey, who graduated this spring from Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pa., is used to having his way - at least with his opponents on the mat.

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The 6-foot-1, 270-pound Mahaffey went 45-9 as a senior heavyweight, winning such prestigious tournaments as Mount Mat Madness and St. Albans, finishing second at the Pennsylvania Independent Schools state championships and placing seventh at prep nationals.

He finished 113-49 for his career - including a 42-31 record at Waynesboro High, where he spent his freshman and sophomore years - to become the first wrestler in Wyoming Seminary history to record 100 career victories.

And wrestling is not even his favorite sport.

"Football is," said Mahaffey, a four-year varsity lineman who can bench press 390 pounds. "But I wanted an opportunity to play a Division I sport. And I might also eventually get one in football."

Campbell plans to field a football team in 2008 for the first time since 1950.

"They said they're going to let me play when they start," Mahaffey said. "But if I'm doing really well at wrestling, I won't want to screw that up."

He's confident that he'll be successful.

"It's not going to be a cake walk, but I've wrestled a lot of the top heavyweights and have competed with them," Mahaffey said. "It's not going to be easy, but it's not like I'm going to get stomped on. I have a legitimate chance to qualify for nationals next year."

Mahaffey is the son of Boonsboro athletic director and former Waynesboro football coach Dave Mahaffey.

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