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January 19, 2013

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

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JERSEY SHORE —

Wrestling has changed in overall approach and technique and Smythe has had to make some adjustments to keep up with those changes.
“He has changed his styles somewhat in that you can’t go against Warrior Run, thinking this is what they are going to do,” said Greenly. “He has upped the ante’ as far as different technique is concerned and what else can you say other than that is he is just a quality person and a good guy for the sport of wrestling.”
Spanning his 40 years at the helm of the Defender program, Smythe was fortunate to have had a lot of outstanding athletes as well as dedicated assistant coaches to work with.
Included in the list of outstanding athletes are five wrestlers who won a cumulative total of eight PIAA state championships. They were Al Mabus (1977), Mike Litzelman (1978), Chris Cooper (1981), Jason Betz (1992, 1993 and 1994) and Jason Guffey (2005, 2006).
“We have had great kids and that is who the tribute for something like this belongs to,” Smythe said. “They worked hard, they produced and they have been very receptive to coaching. We were fortunate to have had good assistants throughout the years and a big part of this success is due to their contributions to the program.
“And we can’t forget our fans because when we go away for matches we sometimes have more fans there than the home team. The administration has also been very supportive of the program and considering all of those aspects,” he said.
When a coach has compiled 500 wins plus a multitude of other accomplishments, it makes it somewhat difficult to pinpoint those that stand out, and it’s the same with Smythe.
“It is hard to pick a particular event or situations that are more precious than the rest,” he said. “I more or less look at it as the whole ball of wax. Each contributed their special moments and were made up of special individuals and that is why I can’t put my finger on any particular one.”

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