We are excited to announce Senior Captain Santino “Tino” Gentile as the 2023 winner of the inaugural Brian Hills Scholarship!
The Brian Hills Scholarship is a new scholarship award sponsored by the Reynolds Wrestling Legacy Club and is named for the winningest coach and PA Hall of Fame member, Brian Hills. Tino’s parents, Bob and Angela Gentile were on hand to watch Brian present the award to Tino yesterday, during the annual team banquet sponsored by the Booster club.
Tino will attend Youngstown State University next fall where he will undertake the tough engineering program. He accomplished a very good 47-29 career record and qualified for the Northwest Regional tournament this year after a 2nd place finish in the District 10 tournament. This was an especially impressive career since he missed his freshman and sophomore years due to injuries. This senior campaign was the only one in which he had full confidence of his ability to wrestle without re-injury. As one of the co-captains, he should be proud to be a leader in the team’s District 10 Dual Championship title!
The Brian Hills Scholarship is based on several categories including academic performance, an essay titled, “What does the Reynolds Wrestling Legacy mean to you?”, citizenship and financial needs. Unlike the Neal Lineman Scholarship, this one does not consider wrestling accomplishments. The scholarship fund is administered by the Community Foundation of Western PA & Eastern OH.
As stated above, this is the first time the Brian Hills Scholarship was awarded. Brian was not only the winningest coach in the celebrated Reynolds history with 371 wins, but he is also rightfully credited for taking the program to an even higher level of achievement by coaching teams to win five State (bracket) Tournament and three State Duals championships! The Reynolds Wrestling Legacy Club has awarded $14,000 in scholarships in its short 3-year history!