Fox Lane’s Tom Grippi cemented his status as one of the premier competitors in Section 1 with his second consecutive section title on Monday, defeating Ketcham’s Brad Marvin with a 6-2 decision in the 145-pound final. He’s sort of the last remaining Fox Lane wrestler that will be remembered as a part of dynasty that won four titles in five years from 2008-12, as Grippi will now pass the torch to a younger generation of up-and-comers. Before he does that, he’ll look to go out with a strong performance in Albany (and I like his chances to place).
Weight class: 145 in D1
How many years have you been wrestling for? This is my tenth year wrestling.
Is this your first section title? This is my second section title.
Describe what was going through your head when the referee raised your hand after the finals: I was relieved to tie my older brother (Joey) in section championships. Also by winning sections, I was one step closer to my overall goal—being a state champ.
What was the most difficult obstacle that you had to overcome this season? Keeping my little brother (Matt) in check lol. But knowing and having confidence that I can win a state title.
What area do you feel that you’ve improved in the most over the course of the season? I improved more on finishing my shots and having other shots I can go to if one isn’t working.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of wrestling? Play video games and watch Netflix.
What is playing in your headphones while you get ready for a match? My Moment, Taylor Swift or Wide Awake by Katy Perry.
What is your favorite TV show? Sons of Anarchy.
Name one thing that’s interesting about you that people may not know about: In school they call me “TG” or “Captain Tom.”
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