NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Senior grappler Tyler Gazaway won a record breaking match against Rahway Wednesday evening to a full house home crowd marking his 122nd win.
This win for Gazaway officially surpassed the New Providence High School record for most wins set by Ross Baldwin and Shane Mallory in 2005. Gazaway is 24-0 on the season and is currently No. 5 in the State according to NJ.com’s top wrestlers for individual 145 pound weight ranking.
The crowd was on their feet and errupted in applause as the referee raised Gazaway's arm as victor of his record breaking match by pinfall. Mallory presented Gazaway with a plaque in honor of breaking the school's record.
Gazaway is a three time Union County Champion, two time District 12 Champion and a Region 3 Champion. He has his sight set on the State Championship title to complete his “golden” high school career.
“Tyler is on pace to make his third consecutive trip down to AC where he will wrestle in the NJSIAA State Wrestling Tournament,” said New Providence Head Coach John Scholz, who is in his first year as head coach of the Pioneers.
Scholz attributes Gazaway’s success to his “don’t quit attitude” and will do what it takes to win the match. “Tyler is an amazing wrestler, one who is in tremendous shape, is an outstanding athlete/technician on the mat, and displays the mental toughness for the sport,” said Scholz.
"A wrestler like Gazaway comes along only a few times in a coach’s career," said former New Providence Wrestling Coach Gary Bremer. He credits Gazaway’s success to his dedication and drive to be the best -- not many students can match that drive to succeed.
“Tyler does all the things you want your wrestler to do -- he sees a nutritionist, so he eats well to stay healthy -- he goes to a trainer and works on his strength and stamina,” said Bremer. “Which, if you ask any of his opponents, is tough to deal with.”
All of this talent doesn't come without hard work. -- “If you go into the New Providence Wrestling Room, look at the center circle, you will get a feel for what I am talking about," said Bremer. "Tyler and his workout partners are the only people to be in this circle for the past four years. I patched three areas last year, and there are at least three new areas that need to be repaired -- this is a brand new mat. This is how hard he works,” he said.
“I have been very fortunate this year to coach a really dedicated and amazing wrestler such as Tyler,” said Scholz. “I wish him all the best as he continues his quest for gold.”
Below are comments from Gazaway regarding his past, present and future in wrestling:
Most Memorable Match: My most memorable match has to be my region finals match, junior year,mostly because winning regions is my biggest accomplishment thus far.
Being in the 100 Wins Club: I am proud to be able to say that I'm a member of the 100 wins club. Although winning 100 matches is a great milestone, the biggest matches of my high school career are still ahead of me. I try not to think about the records.I just try to focus on practicing as hard as I can everyday and making myself the best wrestler I can so that when it comes match day, I can wrestle the best match possible.I will have to train even harder in the upcoming weeks but I am confident that my coaches will get me where I need to be.
Being grouped with New Providence Wrestling Elites Donnie DeFilippis and school record holders Ross Baldwin and Shane Mallory: It's an honor to be included with great wrestlers such as DeFilippis, Mallory and Baldwin. Donnie DeFilippis (New Providence State Champion) has helped me so much over the years.
Maintaining drive and focus: What drives me to maintain my level of dedication is my will to win. This allows me to forget about how much I don't want to train when I'm tired. I just know that some kid, somewhere, is training and I should be too if I want to beat him. My Dad also helps motivate me to train as hard as I do. I wouldn't be anywhere without him. Sometimes when I lose focus and slack off, he's there to motivate me to work harder.
Most Memorable High School Moment: My most memorable thing about NP wrestling was my junior year. It was a special year. We were all very close as a team and had a lot of fun together. It was the last time I would be teammates with the majority of them and it was also Coach Bremer's last year. I had no idea how special a season it was at the time.
Future: I definitely plan on wrestling in college but I haven't made my decision on where yet.