Green seniors Seth and Zach Wieland have spent the past 18 years together, most of them playing sports on the same teams, so the twin brothers figured four more years was the only logical move. Both brothers have signed to continue their athletic and academic careers at Walsh University.
Green seniors Seth and Zach Wieland have spent the past 18 years together, most of them playing sports on the same teams, so the twin brothers figured four more years was the only logical move.
Both brothers have signed to continue their athletic and academic careers at Walsh University. Both will play football and run track, and the only difference will be Seth’s major in physical therapy while Zach majors in biology.
They will enter the Walsh football program, which competes in Division II and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, at an opportune time.
The Cavaliers are entering their first season under new head coach Ted Karras, meaning the Wieland brothers will have a chance to compete for playing time on as even a playing field as an incoming freshman could hope for. The brothers said that opportunity to step in and compete for playing time right away factored into their decision.
Karras, who played one year in the NFL with the Washington Redskins in 1987, was previously the head coach at Marian University in Indianapolis and won an NAIA national championship with the Knights.
On their big day, their coaches, friends and parents, Mark and Mary, gathered to see them make their decision official. Several Green football and track coaches spoke at the signing, including head football coach Ed Cybak.
“These two were captains and leaders for us, and we relied upon that,” Cybak said. “I believe they have the skills, tenacity and speed to play at the Division II level. They have a unique chance to continue playing with their brother, and what’s great about them is that they’re also best friends, and now, they have a few more special years together.”
The coaches praised Seth and Zach for their selflessness and willingness to do whatever was asked of them, no matter the circumstances.
That willingness to take directions and accept challenges should be a valuable asset in making the leap to college athletics, where position changes on the football field can happen for recruits whose new coaches ask them to shift to a different spot on the field to better the team.
The brothers say they haven’t received definitive word on where they might line up for the Cavaliers. They split running-back duties for Green and played on the defensive line as well.
Asked what they would take from their time at Green and apply to have success at the next level, Seth cited the discipline his coaches have instilled in him.
“Just hard work and a work ethic, no matter what,” he said.
“Getting to be a part of building something great,” Zach added.
Both brothers also insisted they never really have had a typical brother-on-brother fight on the field and get along extremely well. Karras and his staff will be happy to hear it, because they will be counting on Zach and Seth to work together and contribute to building the Walsh program over the next four years.