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January 19, 2013

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

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JERSEY SHORE —

During his career as a wrestler and coach, Smythe has seen many changes in the sport, both on and off the mat. However, those changes aren’t necessarily in the young athletes, but rather the culture they live in.
“I don’t think the kids have changed, but the culture has changed,” said Smythe. “I think that each generation has gotten a little bit softer than the one before. My generation is softer than that of my parents.
“Wrestling is a sport that rewards those who are willing to pay great sacrifices to what they do. We have great parents and the changes are not a reflection on them, but rather the way the times have changed,” he added.
Smythe doesn’t know much longer he will coach.
“I take it one year at a time and the 500 wins is a result of longevity more than anything else. I have been able to coach this long because the good Lord has given me good health. He has given me a very understanding wife and I have two daughters and none of those people have ever complained for a moment about the time I have spent away from them while coaching.”
After the opening win over Phoenixville, the Defenders dropped a one-point loss to unbeaten Cedar Cliff, then bounced back to pound Wallenpaupack 59-3.
They bounced back to post three victories in a row over Wallenpaupack (59-3), Jersey Shore (55-15) and Western Wayne (44-22).
“This was a good day for us,” said Smythe. “Cedar Cliff came in here undefeated, they are a good team and I think we wrestled real well in that match. We just came up a point short. We are a better team for having wrestled them and we were able to pick up what we need to work on.”
Smythe said the format of five matches in a day helps his squad. “It is a day where we get five matches in one day against some of the best quality teams around and that has to help us down the line.”

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