Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
Expectations were high this season for Carle Place High School wrestler Matt Jarvis – and the 126-pound senior did not disappoint.
Jarvis recently earned his first Nassau County Division 2 title and coaches at the tournament named him the Most Outstanding Wrestler.
“It was a surreal feeling knowing that all of the hard work, sacrifice and dedication finally paid off,” said Jarvis, who had his arm raised as a champion on his home mats at Carle Place.
Wrestling is a sport more demanding than any other, with a culture only known to those who have donned the singlet and headgear. The season is gruelingly long and maintaining weight is a challenge for young wrestlers, who are constantly growing throughout high school.
“During the season, it can be pretty tough to stay focused but that’s where your friends, family, teammates and coaches come in and help you refocus on your goals,” said Jarvis.
Carle Place coaches Tim Moran and Mike Smith, who both wrestled at Carle Place High School, knew the program had something special in Jarvis before he even started middle school.
“It’s been an awesome journey to watch Matt come through the program. He used to come down as a little kid and we kind of knew he was going to be successful back then,” said Moran, who dubbed Jarvis “the most technically sound wrestler we’ve ever coached.”
Though wrestling is one-on-one, instruction is a crucial aspect of the sport.
“Coach Moran and Coach Smith are huge influences and both know what it’s like to be in the same situation. They always pushed me past my comfort point and were always there for me through my hard times,” said Jarvis, who despite suffering a concussion earlier in the season, finished with a 30-2 record.
Jarvis, who was traveling to Albany for the New York State High School Wrestling Tournament at press time, finished his high school career with 96 wins. He plans on wresting at the collegiate level at a Division 3 program.