Abington Heights head coach Chris Calder knows that Greg Pascale can always be counted on to give his best effort.
Whether it’s working on his own techniques or helping a younger teammate through a drill, the senior is always committed to the wrestling program.
“Every time we work out in the summertime, he’s there,” Calder said. “When we go to camp, he’s there. He’s not the most vocal leader, but he’s a lead by example type of guy. Academically, he’s one of the top kids we have in the program. He has the academic and leadership skills that we want.”
Calder has been pleased with Pascale’s progression throughout her career as a Comet.
“I look at his improvement, not just on the mat, but off the mat his leadership skills have grown year to year,” he said. “He’s the guy that we look at to lead the team both verbally and non-verbally.”
Calder believes Pascale’s experience and variety of moves has led to his success the past few seasons.
“He’s great on his feet,” Calder said. “He’s very experienced when it comes to being both an offensive wrestler and counter-offensive wrestler. He has those skills down. He’s looking to score from his feet. He’s taking the philosophy of scoring points and looking to win there.”
Pascale, who wrestles at 120 lbs., is off to a 7-5 start this season.
He is hoping to take the next step this season after advancing to Regionals the past two years.
“I hope to make it to the state tournament this year, that is definitely my biggest goal,” Pascale said.
Calder is confident that Pascale will end his career at Abington Heights on a positive note.
“I think he’s going to be a high district placer,” he said. “He should be in the finals of the district tournament, make the top three at Regionals and be a state qualifier. Those are our goals for him and I think he can accomplish all three of them.”
Pascale, who began wrestling in kindergarten as a hobby, began taking the sport more seriously in middle school.
His brothers, Rob and Dan, also wrestled at Abington Heights.
According to Pascale, Calder’s leadership has played a big role in his development as a wrestler and young man.
“Coach has definitely taught us a lot about being aggressive and how to be a good, tough wrestler both on and off the mat,” he said.
Pascale, 18, most enjoys the individual aspect of the sport.
“I love the 1-on-1 competition,” he said. “You’re just on the mat with one other guy and have to see who can get the job done and win.”
He has been accepted to the University of Pittsburgh, but is waiting for decisions from other schools before making a final decision on his college choice.
He is the son of Greg and Maurita Pascale.
The Comets will return to action during the Anthracite Duals at Panther Valley Middle School on Jan. 4.