Wrestler of the Year

(Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore…)
March 24, 2011

Charlie Lynch
Archbishop Spalding, senior, 145

Usually when you ask a senior who has had the good fortune to become a national champion if he ever dreamed about it as a freshman, the answer will be no. But in Lynch's case dreaming about a national title was exactly what he did.

"From the minute I stepped on the mat as a freshman I said I was going to be the national champ," said Lynch, who claimed the MIAA, Maryland Independent School State and the National Prep titles and finished the season a perfect 60-0. "I was an average wrestler and no one really believed me and their not believing really motivated me."

Wrestling Hall of Famer Dan Gable once said, "When I'd get tired and want to stop, I'd wonder what my next opponent was doing. I'd wonder if he was still working out. I tried to visualize him." And then he'd work some more. Lynch said he has used that method to succeed as well.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah, you picture your opponents and yourself too," he said. "And I push to outwork them."

Lynch finished his high school career with a 162-17 record, losing just twice since the end of his sophomore season.

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