Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

All-North Jersey Wrestling: Coach of the Year: Luis Colon, Passaic Tech

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

All-North Jersey Wrestling: Coach of the Year: Luis Colon, Passaic Tech

Article excerpt

Luis Colon didn't need a champion to believe his school could become one.

The best season at Passaic Tech in a quarter-century took a true team effort. There weren't any district or county champions. There weren't any superstars.

But Colon took advantage of his full roster to win the school's first state sectional title since 1994.

"I told the kids that we're not going to win this sectional championship with 10 kids, with 14 kids," said Colon, The Record Wrestling Coach of the Year. "We need everybody. I need all 25 of you. And we have to stick together, because that's the only way we'll win."

Colon embraced a simple motto to end the long drought. The Bulldogs had to "distribute the pain."

He rotated his starting lineup with 25 wrestlers fighting for 14 spots, and many more hoping to join the varsity level. …

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