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After standout career, Housy's Wildman taking love of football to college

POSTED August 21, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn


After standout career, Housy's Wildman taking love of football to college
It was a long Fall season for Mark Wildman and while wins never came one thing did, a certainty that he's one of the state's most talented gridiron stars and that he loves the game.
Wildman wrapped up his high school career this summer after earning All-State honors as an offensive lineman for the Mountaineers.  He was selected to play in the CHSCA All-Star game and held his own against the best competition in the state.
The honor came after Wildman had finished his high school career in Falls Village for coach Deron Bayer. Wildman was a standout offensive lineman and earned All-State honors in Class S despite a tough winless campaign his senior season.

After standout career, Housy's Wildman taking love of football to college


It was a long Fall season for Mark Wildman and while wins never came one thing did, a certainty that he's one of the state's most talented gridiron stars and that he loves the game.


Wildman wrapped up his high school career this summer after earning All-State honors as an offensive lineman for the Mountaineers.  He was selected to play in the CHSCA All-Star game and held his own against the best competition in the state.


The honor came after Wildman had finished his high school career in Falls Village for coach Deron Bayer. Wildman was a standout offensive lineman and earned All-State honors in Class S despite a tough winless campaign his senior season.

My senior season was disappointing, we were young and inexperienced," Wildman said. "I was a little

 up in the air about playing again but then I got all state and coach Bayer said to keep my head up and I will do some good things. In the end the season taut me not to give up and if you keep working hard it's going to pay off eventually."

Bayer's words proved prophetic. Wildman was recognized as an All-State player and then was honored as one of the best in Connecticut with a spot in the CHSCA game. 

"It was unbelievable. It was a great honor to play in the game," Wildman said. "The competition was great and it was a great way to end my high school career and launch forward for college."

Wildman will continue his playing career at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury this fall. After weatching Wildman progress for four years, Bayer is eager to see his former standout take his game to the next level.

"Mark is certainly the kind of player that coaches dream of having on their team," Bayer said. "Mark has worked very hard on and off the field.  He and I started talking about college football right away as we on the staff could sense right away that this was the type of player about whom we could say to a college coach... "This is a kid you want."  Mark responded by working very hard in the weight room and it has paid off.  He is a strong young man who will continue to make himself better."

WCSU needs players just like Wldman since the Colonials a coming off a couple of tough seasons themselves. Coach Joe Loth and his staff recruited Wildman hard and sold him on their potential and his ability to come in and make an impact right away.

"The coaching staff really seemed to care and recruited me hard. They are a good bunch of guys and when I went down there it was a good atmosphere and a good environment," Wildman said. "Coach Loth has proven he can win everywhere he has been and Western has high level facilities.  Te coaches addressed (losing) it right away, they have a new staff and they are switching leagues and bringing in a lot of talent. I believe in them and they convinced me."

Another thing that helped convince Wildman is that he will have a couple of familiar faces coming with him to Danbury as former Mountaineers Matt McElhone and Jake Sutterlin are also headed to play for the Colonials.

According to coach Bayer, he will have a number of recently graduated Mountaineers playing college ball this fall. Along with the WCSU Jake Foley will be playing at Nichols College in Mass., Will Perotti will be playing at Plymouth State in NH, and Donyell Williams will be playing at Western New England in West Springfield.  

"These are great young men and we are thrilled that they will be representing our program in the NCAA," Bayer said.

As for Wildman, his next challenge is to make the same impact in college as he did at Housatonic and it sounds like he is up for it.

"My goal is to play right away. I want to make an immediate impact on the team and stand out," Wildman said. "I am not going to be a freshman that comes in and plays scout team. I want to get places with football around the league and the area. It's my thing, I love it."


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