Mike Garciaa, Jr.
- Post by: mcalibrary
- December 19, 2023
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SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Mike Garcia, Jr. is flat out the finest wrestler ever produced in our area. No one, ever has produced at such a high level of performance for as long a period of time. And Mike has done it not only on a state-wide basis, but nationally and internationally as well.
When the 145 pound Senior beat defending champion Scott Kurtz of Shamokin, 8-3, to win the Schuylkill League Championship and become it’s outstanding wrestler, he also seemed to pave the way for his third consecutive State Championship as well.
Mike’s overall record is 30-9. That record is at every level of competition, nationally and internationally. The mind boggles in consideration of what he has accomplished.
As a Sophomore he was 35-0 and swept through Districts and Regionals as the outstanding wrestler on his way to becoming State Champion.
As a Junior he was 35-1, and avenged his only loss in the finals of the Regional Tournament in winning his second successive State Championship.
As this report went to press, he was 25-0 and had beaten Kurtz, who was considered his most serious roadblock in his drive for the third straight State Championship. Barring injury or illness, he should win this championship later this evening.
Competing in the tough USA Wrestling Circuit, Mike has been a four time State Champion and All American in both Greco Roman and Freestyle Events. The highlight of his career was the defeat of the Russian Champion in an international meet two summers ago.
Mike will be attending college at Bucknell University, where he will be continuing his wrestling career.