Gehr joins Fromm in Cocalico’s 100-Win Club

By on January 17, 2018
Cocalico’s Josiah Gehr earned his 100th career win this past week at the Dallastown Duals

Cocalico’s Josiah Gehr earned his 100th career win this past week atthe Dallastown Duals.

For the second time in two weeks and the fifth time in program history, a Cocalico wrestler has reached 100 wins in his career. By winning all three of his matches Saturday at the Dallastown Duals, senior Josiah Gehr captured victories 99, 100 and 101 to eclipse the historic mark.

Gehr joins fellow senior Ben Fromm, who passed the Century Mark on December 28th at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School. Incidentally, the Cocalico 100 Win Club list includes: Steve Fittery (139); Fromm (109); Chong Moua (109); Troy Burkholder (102); and now Gehr.

For the first time this season, Gehr dropped to the 120 pound weight class on Saturday, having wrestled at 126 for the last two months and primarily at 106 for the first three years of his high school career.

“I love working hard and seeing progress,” started Gehr by e-mail on Sunday. That progress started with a 23-17 record as a freshman that weighed 85-90 pounds in the 106 weight class.

“This shows all of the commitment and hard work that I have put into the sport of wrestling,” Gehr added.

“As a freshman he was under 100 pounds, so it was hard for him to finish a lot of shots against bigger guys,” continued Cocalico head coach Matt Fittery. “Now, he has gotten a lot stronger and a lot smarter with his wrestling, too.”

Cocalico was victorious in Saturday morning’s first dual meet. The Eagles dominated Philadelphia Suburb school Marple Newton 71-6 as Gehr easily tallied win number 99, pinning freshman Hamza Elfernani in 1:29.

“He helps the team, not just with his wrestling, but by helping others too,” described Fittery. “He is a great example, on and off the mat.”

On the mat, Gehr bumped his record to 38-6 as a sophomore, followed by a 26-6 junior campaign.

“I believe he was only the second Cocalico wrestler to ever qualify for states as both a sophomore and a junior,” added Fittery.

Milestone number 100 came against the Dallastown Duals only undefeated team, Central Mountain. While the Eagles dropped a 43-21 decision, Gehr blanked junior Dalton Bechdal 12-0 for a major decision.

“All I think about is working hard because anything else bothers me,” said Gehr.

As to a favorite move that led him to this level?

“I do like what coach calls the ‘boot scoot’ (like a sweep single)” he said. “That’s probably one of the things I’m best at as well.”

Match number three and win number 101 came against Susquehannock’s Ben Sweigard. Gehr bested the junior 19-6 as Cocalico triumphed 58-18.

“I think one of his biggest strengths is that mentally, nothing really phases him,” continued Fittery. “He can take a tough loss, or not be feeling well, and still have a good attitude about it and wrestle hard.”

The current season shows Gehr’s record at 14-4, bringing his total to 101-33, with potentially 20-25 more contests in his senior season.

The future may have some uncertainty, but wrestling will be part of it, if Gehr has his way.

“After high school, I am hoping to wrestle at Messiah College or Shippensburg University and Majoring in Pre-Med,” he said.


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