Tonawanda News — Cody McGregor finally allowed himself to enjoy the moment — for at least a little while, anyway.
Wednesday night, inside the George H. Miller Gymnasium, McGregor made history when he pinned Depew’s Brandon Williams 43 seconds into the first period to earn his 149th career win and become the all-time wins leader in Tonawanda Warriors wrestling.
“It’s pretty special but like I said before, it’s just another win,” Cody McGregor modestly stated after the win. “I’m just going to be back (Thursday) training for the next tournament.”
Winning the first nine matches of the season, McGregor now sits alone atop the Warriors win board after surpassing Ryan Mislin, whose record stood since 2001 and seemed almost unreachable.
The highlight of the Warriors’ 53-24 win over the Wildcats, McGregor was in charge the entire match. Cody used his legs to control Williams’ mid section while hooking his arms to control Williams upper body. Outmatched, Williams could only struggle helplessly until the inevitable moment of the ref slapping the mat and blowing his whistle.
After the match, Cody was given a plaque as Warriors coach Jeff Hess read a statement officially recognizing Cody as the new all-time leader in wins. Among family members in attendance were Cody’s older brothers Scott, Kyle and Jordan, who, with Cody, now have a combined 507 varsity wins.
“It shows the hard work that he’s putting in is paying off,” said Scott McGregor, who had 109 wins during his career as a Warrior.
“You see that come in the wrestling room and they’re working hard. But he’s working after practice, he comes to Victory (MMA) with me. On the weekends he goes to UB. Running when he doesn’t have to. Always going the extra mile.”
Tremendous influences on their younger brother Jordan (138 wins, 4th all-time), Scott and Kyle (2009 state champion) were all instrumental in shaping Cody’s approach to the sport.