Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
North Shore senior Dan Grabher finished his high school wrestling career far from his home mats and wearing an unfamiliar green singlet instead of the Maroon and White one that he’s worn in over 200 matches for the last six years. Representing Nassau County in the 170 lb Division 1 weight class, he donned the green “Section 8” singlet that only ten other North Shore wrestlers have worn in the last 45 years at the New York State Championships. This year, the Times Union Center in Albany hosted the tournament on Feb. 22 and 23.
Only the top 16 wrestlers in each weight class for the entire state are invited to wrestle for the State Title. Grabher earned an at large entry onto the Nassau lineup despite losing his championship finals match in mid February at the Nassau County Wrestling championships held at Hofstra University where he lost to N.Y. State’s top wrestler from Wantagh.
In Albany, Coach Mike Emmert said Dan wrestled the best he’s seen but came up short losing to the eventual New York State champion in a tight 5 – 3 match and also to the 3rd place finisher. In between those bouts he easily beat a Section 6 wrestler 10 to 2.
Dan has been dispatching opponents at North Shore High School since he was 12 years old. A varsity wrestler since seventh grade, Grabher finishes his high school career with a school record 167 wins. He is a three time Division 1 All County placewinner and a five time County qualifier.