Gunner Anglovich sets his goal to be the best
Gunner Anglovich has always played with a chip on his shoulder. Ever since he started playing football at six-years-old, he was always one of the smaller players on the field.
So, when Anglovich, who’s listed at 5-foot-9, and 175-pounds, made his way up to Liberty’s varsity program, that chip remained.
“When I first came up my sophomore year, I really wasn’t getting a chance to play on varsity,” said Anglovich. “There was like six senior running backs in front of me and I really wasn’t given a chance because I was smaller. So, that fueled me my junior year and I started working out twice a day and doing everything I could to get that starting position to show them what I could do.”
That mentality and work ethic paid off for the East Stroudsburg University bound running back, who is Liberty’s Male Athlete of the Year for the Bethlehem Press.
Anglovich’s desire to win Liberty’s starting role came to fruition his junior season and he parlayed it into a senior campaign where he rushed for 1,061 yards and 13 touchdowns, while also registering 65 tackles and four sacks on the defensive side of the ball.
His athletic prowess didn’t end in the fall either, as he more than doubled his wrestling win total from his junior season, posting a 31-15 record his senior year at 170-pounds, while also placing third at districts, fourth and regionals and making his first state tournament appearance.
He continued his athletic pursuits in the spring by competing in track and field for the first time in his career, participating in the 4x4, 100 meter, 200 meter and 4x1.
With all those achievements on display, Anglovich came into his senior season with the goal of being Liberty’s top male athlete and he succeeded.
“That was one of my goals coming into my senior year,” he said. “I had a lot of fun and I just wanted to live in the moment. It was great to win the male athlete of the year award from Liberty and I’m very grateful for that.”
Part of those moments that Anglovich looks back upon are the victories over Easton in both football and wrestling that his respective teams enjoyed over the calendar year.
The Hurricanes knocked off the Rovers 28-21 in week two of the football season and then in the middle of January, Liberty earned a 35-19 victory on the mats at Easton’s 25th Street Gym, marking only the third time the Hurricanes have defeated Easton since 1991 and the first time ever wrestling coach Jody Karam was able to register a win on the Rovers home floor.
“This was one of coach Karam’s favorite years with a senior class and it was a really great night when we beat them,” Anglovich. “One of my goals coming into the football season was to beat Easton because they’ve always beaten us during my time. It was just awesome.”
Anglovich has enough memories to last from his senior year, whether it’s running out to Frank Banko Field with the serenade of bag pipes from Liberty’s band or the joys of winning on the wrestling mat, highlighted by a 9-4 overtime win over Northampton’s Cade Moisey during district duals.
One thing he’ll always carry with him is that chip on his shoulder. Playing football at ESU provides him another opportunity to prove people wrong and also set new goals for himself.
“I know there’s going to be bigger guys than me in college and I’m ready for that,” he said. “I had to compete my whole life and it’s nothing new to me. I’m always going to compete anywhere I go. I’m just going to work my butt off to find a spot on the team and get time on the field. I can’t wait.”