Shenendehowa senior is always in the hunt

His father, John Meys, quickly began working with his eldest son, passing on the knowledge and skills that helped him win a Pennsylvania State College title during his high school career in the 1970s.

"I would actually wrestle him a lot, and he had to pin me 10 times a session," said John, who is now an assistant on Weeks' coaching staff at Shen. "If it didn't hurt, it wasn't a pin, and if he didn't take advantage of a pinning combination I gave him, I'd probably punish him a little."

"It definitely helped a lot," said Meys. "It created my style of wrestling."

It didn't take long for Meys to show his skills on the wrestling mat. From the moment he joined Shen's varsity team as a seventh grader, he was a force in Section II, averaging 41 wins a season.

"Back when I wrestled in the 1970s, we didn't wrestle as many bouts as Hunter does now," said John. "My best record in high school was 24-1."

The last year and a half have been Meys' best. He didn't lose a single match on his way to winning the Section II and state 171-pound titles in the 2006-07 season, and he had yet to lose a bout entering the Eastern States Classic Jan. 12 " the toughest tournament Shen competes in before states.

As the wins piled up last year, so too did the pins. Meys closed the season with a 28-match pin streak to get him within striking distance of Mocco's mark " not that Meys always knew he was close.

"It used to be earlier in my career that there was another kid (on the team) who was keeping track of my record, but he graduated several years ago," said Meys. "So, I lost track until my coaches told me at the end of last season that I was close."

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