Patrick Gerish of Newark Academy became his school’s fifth wrestler to reach 100 wins in a high school career.
Gerish, a junior, attained the century mark in impressive style, winning by technical fall, 16-1, in a match on Feb. 16, at home, against John Cummins of St. John Vianney.
Gerish (31-4) dominated on his feet in the 145 pound bout, leaving little to drama en route to a fall in 3:38.
“It’s a win,” the unassuming Gerish said afterward. “Beyond that, I just want to focus on getting ready for the districts. It does feel special to get to 100. I’ve been around this program my entire life, so I know how good the guys are that have already reached 100. I’m proud of that.”
Gerish is the middle son of Newark Academy head coach Jay Gerish. Older brother Joseph, who was graduated last spring, is currently fourth in school history with 102 victories. John Sternlicht is first on the all time win list at Newark Academy with 143 victories. Sternlicht was a 2008 graduate of Newark Academy and his 111 pins rank him third, all time, in state history.
Jerome Greco, a 2004 NA graduate, is second all time in wins with 124. Greco was also a state medal winner in his senior year. Jim Avola, who graduated in 2003, is third with 123 victories. Avola later had a standout collegiate career at Davidson College.
Jay Gerish was very proud of his son’s accomplishment.
“Not many wrestlers this season have gotten 100 in their junior year,” Gerish said. “He’s looking for good things next week in the districts and beyond. But this is a nice step for him.”
Patrick Gerish has an excellent chance of becoming Newark Academy’s all time winningest wrestler next season.