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January 19, 2013

H.S. wrestling: Warrior Run's Smythe earns 500th career victory

JERSEY SHORE — When the Warrior Run Defenders opened their participation in the 2013 Jersey Shore Duals with a 60-9 win over Phoenixville in the Dawg Pound, it was much more than just another win for the storied Defender mat program.

For the past 42 years, the name Wayne Smythe has been synonymous with Warrior Run wrestling. During those years, Smythe and his wrestlers have recorded many wins, but perhaps none bigger than the win over the Phantoms. For the Hall of Fame coach, it was the 500thvictory of his career.

“Right now it is just a number,” said Smythe. “Ben Franklin said that wisdom is a reflection and, at some point in time, I will have time to reflect on it. Right now, I just look at it as an achievement by all the people at Warrior Run.”

As a former athlete and coach at Milton and now a PIAA official, Bob Greenly took a little time to reflect on what knowing Smythe meant to him during his career as a Black Panther athlete, coach and now a PIAA official.
“He has integrity, he is one of the most intense coaches I have been around and although he gives credit to everybody else, the credit for the success of his program really goes to him,” said Greenly. “He has surrounded himself with good people, he is a good Christian man, but his ability to maintain intensity through the years might be his biggest asset.”
Facing him as an athlete, Greenly was aware of the intensity he instilled in his wrestlers.
“Looking at him in the corner when I was wrestling one of his athletes, you could just see the intensity in him,” said Greenly. “After coaching 42 years, he is still intense. I know I couldn’t keep up that type of intensity for that long.”

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