Penn State Love Stories: The Bar Bouncer
The bouncer at a bar is rarely someone’s favorite person, but for Selena Gudknecht it’s how she found her future husband.
Jason Wyant was working as a bouncer in the fall of 1998 at Player’s. One night he was standing on the stage when he noticed someone walking towards him. It happened to be Gudknecht, who came over to compliment his subtle dancing.
Impressed by how forward she was, the two agreed to meet later in the night to formally talk and introduce themselves. When the music had died down Wyant ended up inviting Gudknecht and some friends back for drinks. The spent most of the evening getting to know each other and agreed to get dinner a few days later.
Many more dates followed that original night and eventually Wyant moved in with Gudknecht at her Calder Commons apartment. This was much to the chagrin of her roommates, who, despite their annoyance, never complained.
“They were great to put up with me,” Wyant said, They never said anything to me, but I’m sure they were pissed.”
Wyant and Gudknecht have been together ever since that first meeting in the fall of 1998. They have been married for 15 years and also have an eight year old daughter.
The family currently lives in Florida but that doesn’t stop them for showing their love for their alma mater. They even make the trip several times a year to see their home away from home.
Even their daughter bleeds blue and white. Growing up in Tampa she has been surrounded by a lot of Gators, ‘Noles, and Bulls, but still proudly wears her Penn State attire to school.
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