Turetsky to rank with greats

By Daniel Kats
Published: March 2010

There may be two singlets in the Field House lobby by this time next year. Junior Gabe Turetsky is on pace to break the school Wrestling team’s career wins record.

At the moment, the record stands at 129 wins. Turetsky currently has 94, just 35 shy of tying the record. This deficit may seem like a large gap, but Turutsky garnered 36 wins this winter.

“[Breaking the record] can be easily done, Turetsky said.

Turetsky experienced some problems during All-States, where he won one match and lost two. “I had one of those unlucky days, he said.

Despite his falter at All- States, he still qualified for Nationals, which took place on Tuesday in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Turetsky, a first time participant at All-States, worked hard to improve from his freshman season two years ago.

Regardless of his near perfect results, he is still trying to improve.

“He walked up to me last week and said he’s already started training for next year, Wrestling Coach Alan Rotatori said. “He’s not just wrestling, he’s applying cardio training, flexibility, and stuff like that [to his training regimen].

Turetsky ranked among the top wrestlers on the team in wins in 2010.

He and junior Albert Chang held the team-high 16 wins during the regular season. Turetsky, however, suffered only one loss, compared to Chang’s two.

Including tournaments, Turetsky finished at 36-9, and was one of two wrestlers to break 25 wins, with the other being Chang. Turetsky also led the team in first takedowns (31), tournament wins (12), and State Tournament wins (4).

In tournaments, Turetsky has placed first once, second twice, third once, and fourth once. During the season, he was named “Outstanding Wrestler of three meets.

Due to his stellar performance, Turetsky received recognition from the league and was named a Second Team Dual County League All-Star.

He was also named team MVP for the second year in a row, and a captain for the upcoming 2011 season. According to Rotatori, there has never been a three-peat in his 21 years during his tenure as South’s coach.

Rotatori believes that Turetsky will be able to surmount the record during his senior season.

Turetsky has many strengths that have led to his strong performances. “He works out every morning before school, and then again sometime after school. He also goes to two wrestling clubs, varsity captain and senior Tamir Zinger said.

Along with being in top physical condition, he also has a great mental outlook on his performance.

“His main strength is his work ethic; he is the hardest working kid we’ve had on the team, Rotatori said.

“[He is] almost always a guaranteed win. We can always count on him, Zinger said. “[He has] crazy Russian throws that are very high risk but if done well, are match-winning moves.

Regardless of whether Turetsky breaks the record, he will be regarded as one of the best wrestlers in the school’s history.

“I would never replace [the current singlet], Rotatori said. “If we feel that he wants to retire his singlet, then we will do it the same way, and maybe have it up right next to the other one.

“[In all of] the years that I’ve been coaching, 21 years, I’ve had one kid break 100, that’s the singlet up there. He’s definitely [one of] the top 15 best wrestlers the program has seen, he said.

Turetsky plans on continuing his wrestling career in college. According to Rotatori, he has a lot of potential and has a very bright future in wrestling.

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