NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Horace Greeley wrestler Scott Wymbs has had a week of accomplishments.
The senior closed out the 2012 calendar year registering his 100th varsity win at the Oswego Dual-Meet Tournament. Wymbs joined Horace Greeley assistant wrestling coach Anthony Tortora and Greg Einfrank as the only Quakers to accomplish this.
On Saturday, Wymbs made his first appearance in the annual Ted Murphy Shoreline Wrestling Classic and won the 195-pound title.
Wymbs defeated Warwick’s Chris Giordano, 8-4, in the final and, in doing so, recorded his 109th win. This puts him in front of Tortora, who finished with 105, and right behind Einfrank, who has 115.
“Getting my 100th win meant a lot because I was the first guy to do it since coach Tortora and Greg Einfrank,” Wymbs said. “The coaches were happy for me. Coach Tortora was joking around with me and told me that when I pass him he will still have the better winning percentage.”
Wymbs reached 100 wins in four years, which is a milestone for a Greeley wrestler because seventh- and eighth-graders are not allowed to compete on the varsity or junior varsity teams.
Wymbs and his teammates were looking forward to the Shoreline Wrestling Classic. He said it was another opportunity for the team to face high-caliber competition, something Greeley coach Mike DeBellis has scheduled the past two years.
In preparation for the event, Wymbs spent the week drilling and wrestling live with Tortora, a former Hofstra wrestler.
“Coach Tortora worked with me on getting more movement and creating better angles to set up my shots,” Wymbs said.
The work resulted in Wymbs taking a quick 2-0 lead on Giordano in the first period. He would increase the lead to 4-2 in the second period. Wymbs also earned pins in his first two matches.
“In all of my matches, I felt I was moving around well in the neutral position and this allowed me to shoot from better angles,” Wymbs said. “Winning this is a good accomplishment and it gives me confidence going into the Eastern States next week.”
Also for Greeley, Brent Lobien finished second in the 285-pound weight class, Billy Marino took third at 220 and Mitchell Klein placed fifth at 145.