When Matt Grueninger got to high school, he wanted to try a new sport.
The Torresdale resident, who competed in track during his younger days, decided he wanted to give wrestling a go when he arrived at Roman Catholic High School.
You’ve heard of beginner’s luck? Well, Grueninger had the exact opposite.
“I hated it, I was the worst one on the team,” Grueninger said. “I won five matches, but four of them were by forfeit. I didn’t win my first match (on the mat) until my last match of my freshman year. I wasn’t good at all.”
That victory was a sign of things to come.
After the disappointing 5-20 season, Grueninger went right back to working hard after the season ended and the results were obvious.
He went 17-16 in his sophomore year.
Then went 29-9 as a junior.
The success is continuing this year, as he’s now 20-4 with 11 pins at 152 pounds and now he’s the exact opposite of the kid who was tentative and almost scared when he took the mat.
Now, he’s the leader of the Cahillites.“It started to feel better right after freshman year,” Grueninger said. “I thought about quitting every day.