By Paul Jones
The number 100 has forever been harrowed in the sports world. Whether it is an NFL running back reaching 100 touchdowns in a career, or it is Wilt Chamberlain holding up the paper with 100 on it, signifying his famous 100 point game.
High school wrestling is no different when it comes to the importance of the number. Especially at Red Lion wrestling, which has a rich wrestling history, with names like Lloyd and Nguyen littering the 100 wins banner.
“Wrestling at Red Lion, knowing the rich history of this sport here is absolutely mind blowing,” senior wrestler Dylan Gurreri said. “Knowing all the big name people that have come through this program and knowing what they have done really is what set my goals for myself.”
Gurreri looks to be the next in line in terms of adding his name to list the 100 wins list and cementing himself as one of the greats. “I knew I wouldn’t be the top wrestler to ever come through, but if pushed myself, I could come close.” Gurreri said.
As of Feb. 10, Guerri has 100 wins with many more chances to get more than 100. Gurreri will now look to post season wrestling in order to get those wins.
This has been a journey for Guerri that started in the fourth grade and by no means was easy. Wrestlers have to overcome a good deal of mental and physical obstacles, so getting one win is extremely difficult, let alone doing it 100 times.
They have to have the ability to bounce back from losses and be mentally strong in order to compete at a high level. When that is added to having to sometimes lose large amounts of weight and then the actual wrestling itself, wrestling is one of the toughest sports to play according to Gurreri.
“At some points throughout the years I didn’t think I was going to be able to do,” he said. “With every loss I had felt like it pushed my goal of 100 wins further and further away, but I knew that I couldn’t give up and was capable of achieving it.”
He started his varsity career with a 20-10 record as a frshman, but then turned in a 29 win season and 30 win season in the next two years. So going into his senior year, Dylan only needed 21 wins and would have every chance to meet the century mark.
So it was safe to say that he would meet his goal with him never having less than 20 wins in a season. Now with multiple matches left and with Gurreri already meeting his 100 win goal, he will be able to focus on his future matches.
“I’m be proud of myself and have a feeling of accomplishment,” said Gurreri. “I have had this goal set for years and now that I have gotten it, it has been one of my biggest success.”
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