CR North's Burke to Wrestle at Mercyhurst

On Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, Council Rock North senior Aidan Burke was recognized for committing to continue his wrestling career at Mercyhurst College. To view photos of the event, please visit the Photo Gallery.

Aidan Burke – Mercyhurst College (Wrestling)

Major:  Biology

Final list of colleges:  Mercyhurst, Lehigh, Brown, Penn

Reasons for choosing Mercyhurst:  “I chose Mercyhurst because of the programs they had. I either want to go pre-med or something on the lines of a PA (Physician’s Assistant) school, and Mercyhurst has a PA school on campus, so I could stay there for six years.”

What was the progression that led you to competing in wrestling at the collegiate level?  “I started thinking about it after my sophomore year. I placed fourth in states, and I started getting a bunch of letters, and I realized, ‘Wow, I could really bring this to the next level.’”

Coach Tom Vivacqua:  “Aidan is a focused, really committed athlete. Wrestling is really important to him. He works year round. He trains, he lifts, he runs – he does all the extra things because he’s a committed kid, and he wants to do well. He’s awesome. He practices so hard, and he’s such a good role model in the wrestling room for all the young kids. He was really our senior leader on the team with a group of very impressionable freshman. He had a couple of bad injuries this season – he had a concussion, he had a bad case of the flu, and he rolled his ankle, but he kept a good attitude the whole time.”

About Aidan:
Favorite food: 
Chipotle
Favorite movie:  The Dark Knight
Favorite music:  Kid Cutty – Alternative/Rap