Wrestler wins 100


Photo by Cole Alban

Junior Chris Almony takes down his opponent. Almony has been a part of the team since his freshman year.

“I did not even realize it would be my 100th win, I wrestled it like any other match, won, and walked off the mat like there was no difference,” junior Chris Almony said.

Almony achieved his 100th win in his high school career on Saturday Dec. 28 at the Mount Mat Madness tournament. “I went on the mat and at the 45 second mark of the first period, I pinned him,” Almony said.

Almony started wrestling at the age of four. “My brother started wrestling when I was three, and naturally, I wanted to be like my older brother,” Almony said.

He began wrestling with Fallston Rec Program, and he continued there until he entered high school. In third grade, Almony started training with the Kolat Club team, led by Coach Cary Kolat. He continued there until the summer before his freshman year.

According to Almony, “high school wrestling has been a great de-stresser, and a challenging part of my life. My coaches and teammates have helped through everything.

“He is honestly one of the toughest kids I’ve ever met. His hardwork has payed off,” teamate Hunter Ritter said. My greatest accomplishments in high school have been going out to Fargo, North Dakota for the Cadet/Junior national championships and taking fifth in the tournament the past two years.” In addition, Almony became JC’s first Fargo All-American.

His 100th win also means he is one step closer to beating the JC record of 205 set by Matthew Miller ’11. As far as the future, Almony plans on continuing to wrestle up into his senior year. He also plans on going back to Fargo, North Dakota and winning junior national championships.

“Ultimately after high school, I hope to wrestle for the Naval Academy,” Almony said.

Hanna LeBuhn is a Lifestyles Editor for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.