Just two weeks after losing by seven points to Mahopac’s Jake Srednicki in the Super 16 finals, Tom Grippi bounced back with arguably the most impressive individual performance of any section final. Grippi did not allow Srednicki to score on his way to a convincing 8-0 major decision. His win proved to be critical from a team standpoint, as the Foxes were able to hold off North Rockland by just 3.5 points. After winning his title, Grippi talked about having the opportunity to become a two-time champ next season like his older brother Joey.
Here are Tom’s responses:
Weight class: 138 in D1
How many years have you been wrestling for? Nine years (since third grade).
Is this your first section title? This is my first.
Describe what was going through your head when the referee raised your hand after the finals: It felt great. I wasn’t surprised.
What was the most difficult obstacle that you had to overcome this season? Getting the respect I deserved.
What area do you feel that you’ve improved in the most over the course of the season? Bottom position. I used to be terrible at bottom, but now I can get up with little trouble.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of wrestling? I play baseball on a travel team.
What is your favorite food? Mashed potatoes.
Favorite professional athlete? Rajon Rondo.
Name one thing that’s interesting about you that people may not know about: I’m from New York, but I like the Minnesota Vikings, and Boston Celtics. And I don’t stop eating outside of wrestling.
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