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Getting your name etched on the wall of the Meyers wrestling room is quite an accomplishment.


The program has such a storied history that anyone would be honored to be in the same breath as the great names associated with the wrestling team.


Vito Pasone is the latest to complete an outstanding career for the Mohawks and is also The Times Leader Wrestler of the Year.


Pasone finished his time at Meyers as the school's all-time wins leader with 146 in his four-year career and he was a four-time District 2 Class 2A champion. As a senior, he ended his career last month with a runner-up showing at the PIAA Championships and a title at the Northeast Regional Tournament. Just last weekend at the National High School Coaches Association Senior National Championships, he capped his accomplishments as a national champion and a four-time All-American.


Overall during his high school career, he collected more than two dozen medals, including about half being of the gold kind.


He's now off to an undecided college where he could earn more hardware.


"I wish him all the best. He's obviously a great kid and a great role model," Mohawks coach Ron Swingle said. "He's a pleasure to coach and we as coaches were very privileged to have coached him."


The season didn't go as planned for Pasone because he hit some rough patches along the way early in the season with a three-match losing streak. But he regrouped and won 15 straight before settling for second at states.


"There were times I didn't think the season would play out the way I thought it would," Pasone said. "It definitely did work out the way I hoped it would except that I wanted to place higher at states. But I can't complain about it."


The Mohawk standout is one of just 24 wrestlers in District 2 history to win four district golds and his total of career wins is good for seventh all-time in district history.


Those are great accomplishments considering millions have wrestled in the district over the last 75 years. But the one thing that will stick with Pasone happened just last month after winning his state semifinal bout, a 3-0 win over Bedford's Ryan Easter


He raced to the back of the Giant Center in Hershey and was greeted by his coaches Swingle, Ron Swingle Sr., and Ryan Kittrick.


"Coach (Ron) Swingle Sr. walked up to me and said ‘you're there, you made it,'" Pasone said. "But the coaches also said ‘but you're not satisfied yet are you?' I wasn't satisfied, but it was a great feeling because it was the big show. It was the big dance."


The lasting memory may not seem to be very significant, but for one of the most dressed wrestlers in district history, it's the start of what could be many more accomplishments to come.


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