The Times West Virginian

January 6, 2014

Alvaro wrestles his way into record books

Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — When you’re a senior, career-long accolades usually start to become attainable.

For Fairmont Senior’s Anthony Alvaro, one of those accolades will put him in the school record books.

“It felt great. It’s awesome (to break the record),” Alvaro said of the accomplishment.

Alvaro, a wrestler at the 135-pound weight class for Fairmont Senior, broke the school’s record for wins over the weekend by winning four matches at the Cameron Tournament.

Those four wins, which were all won by pin in the first period, gave him 166 wins, breaking the previous record, set by Nicholas Hedrick, of 165.

Hedrick is now an assistant coach on the team and he and Alvaro shared a moment together after the match.

“It was pretty cool that he was there. That was the best part,” Alvaro said. “We were counting down the wins each day together. (Afterward) he shook my hand and I gave him a hug.”

The fourth match that put him over the threshold for the record, Alvaro said, was just like any other.

“I take every match the same,” he said. “I treat them all like it was the state championship match. I just stuck to the plan.”

The wins that Alvaro picked up helped the Fairmont Senior wrestling squad pick up a first place finish at the tournament after several of their wrestlers, including Alvaro took home first place in their respective weight class.

Alvaro was named co-outstanding wrestler along with teammate Vincent Delligatti.

For the season, now, Alvaro is 33-1.

For his strong, record-setting performance, Alvaro is this week’s Times West Virginian high school player of the week.