Roman’s big winner

Roman Catholic High School                   NorthEast Times
 Article Credited to NorthEast Times Dated; Jan 31, 2017.
By Joe Mason 

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.

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