In many ways, Hackley senior Justin Seim’s 2011-12 season has been a quest for respect. As one of the top private school wrestlers in the state, Hackley coach Fran Stanek made a conscience effort this season to get Seim into as many tournaments with top public school wrestlers as possible. And while Seim (pictured above) knows a lot of different Section 1 wrestlers through different clubs that he’s attended, it’s safe to say that he made even more of an impression with his performance this year.
Seim has beaten the likes of Ardsley’s Drew Longo and Clarkstown North’s Colby Kash this season, and placed ahead of Longo and North Rockland’s Matt Caputo at the Eastern States Classic in January at 126 pounds. Last Saturday, he became the second wrestler in state history to win five private school state titles, capping the most successful career in Hackley wrestling history. He owns the school records for career wins (135-17), takedowns (312), pins (69), and reversals (66). He also holds the top marks for each of those categories in a single season.
For my story that appeared in today’s paper, I spoke with Seim about his career, his relationships with some of the top wrestlers in Section 1, and his prospects for the private school national tournament at Lehigh University on Feb. 24-25. With a top eight finish at 132 pounds, he will be an All-American for the first time in his career. He’ll be joined by teammate Will Johnson, who a his first state title last weekend at 182 pounds. For the full story, here is the link.
Photo by Xavier Mascareñas/The Journal News