Pair of Comet wrestlers eclipse 100 win milestone on the same day

Members of the Mason varsity wrestling team celebrated senior Eric Vermilion and junior Sam Glassco each winning their 100th career varsity wrestling match at the West Virginia Army National Guard Duals on January 6. 

Bryan Hudnell | Staff Writer

Senior Eric Vermillion and junior Sam Glassco each secured their 100th career varsity wrestling win at the West Virginia Army National Guard Duals January 6 and joined teammate, junior Christopher Donathan in eclipsing the century mark this season.

The milestone is an indicator of a wrestler’s dominance over their career and Glassco and Vermillion were able to share the honor of breaking the 100 win mark at the same tournament. Head Varsity Wrestling Coach Matt McIntire defined the significance of the accomplishment for a wrestler and the hard work required to obtain it.

“One-hundred wins means that the wrestler has put in the time, work and effort to achieve something that a lot of other high school wrestlers don’t achieve,” McIntire said.       “It says that the wrestler is dedicated to their sport and the constant pursuit of reaching

their goals.”

With a 23-2 record and 11 pins thus far in the 2017-18 season, Vermillion reiterated the impact his preparation has had on his performance this season.

“It’s a pretty good reminder of why I work hard,” Vermillion said. “It’s about getting those wins and helping the team out however I can. It’s cool that Sam and I both were able to get it the same time.”

Both Glassco and Vermillion compete with the best wrestlers at the top of their respective weight classes. According to McIntire, the two wrestlers impact the team just as much off the mat as much as on the mat.

“Sam and Eric both bring a lot to the table,” McIntire said. “They exhibit leadership through how they work each and every day.  They help the team by modeling what it means to be a Mason Comet wrestler and all the sacrifice and dedication that comes with that. They show gratitude for what they have been given and they are teammates you can rally behind.”

McIntire further explained what it meant to be a Mason Comet by emphasizing life values  that will become even more relevant after wrestling.     

“My expectations for Sam, Eric, and the rest of the team is to achieve the goals that they set out to achieve from the beginning of the season while maintaining high character, a good work ethic, and trust,” McIntire said. “We build every day on those three pillars, and we expect our wrestlers to maintain those values daily. What I want for all of our wrestlers is to learn how to be great both on and off the wrestling mat so that when they leave Mason High School, they will have a solid foundation on which they can continue to grow from throughout their lives.”

Although collecting 100 wins is meaningful to him, Glassco has greater aspirations for himself and the team moving forward as both will attempt to secure a state championship.   

“I’m trying to win state,” Glassco said. “I think I have a really good chance at it. The 100th win was nice, but I didn’t really get time to think about it because I have that greater goal ahead of me and it will push me for the rest of the season for sure.”

Photo contributed by Mason Wrestling.