UNION, NJ – Union High School senior Nick Zuena won a match last week, 21 to 5, against an Irvington wrestler. The win was not all that unusual. What was really special was that win was Zuena’s 100th career victory.
Zuena joins three other Union High School wrestlers who have achieved this milestone.
“It feels great,” said Zuena. “This was an accomplishment that I was hoping to achieve before graduating especially knowing it's been many years since anyone has achieved it.”
“I started wrestling when I was 5,” said Zuena, “and my dad had the biggest influence on my career. He was my Rec coach and has never missed a match my whole career. Yale Street Wrestling Club was also was a very big influence to my success in my high school career “
Zuena, talking about his run up to his 100th win said, “I always stay positive going into every match with a winning attitude, even when I know it's going to be a really tough match.“
Asked what advice Zuena would give to a young wrestler, he said, “it takes a lot of hard work and commitment but wrestling will get you ready for the future. Hard work truly pays off.”
Zuena joins David Bubnowski with 108 wins in 1996, Danny Lilley with 106 wins in 1991, and Steven Lilley with 100 wins in 1989.