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In the history of WPI Wrestling, 30 athletes have won a total of 37 New England championships. Only one has earned the "Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler" award--Garrett Trombi.
After registering eight wins as a freshman during the 1990-91 season, Trombi began to establish himself among the top wrestlers in New England as a sophomore. He racked up 50 team points while posting a 10-1-1 mark in dual meets. He earned his first of three All-New England medals at the championships when he placed fourth at 150 pounds.
After missing a season due to injury, Trombi returned to the mat for his junior campaign in 1993-94. He picked up right where he left off, winning nine of 10 decisions during the dual meet season. His success pushed the Crimson and Gray to a 13-3 dual meet record that winter, helping the Engineers earn their third NECCWA team championship by finishing second at 150 pounds at the championships.
During his senior season, Trombi was a man possessed. He won 14 dual matches, including three by pin. He simply dominated the competition at the NECCWA championship, taking home the title at 150 pounds and in the process becoming the only wrestler in WPI history to be named Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler. The Engineers used every point Trombi amassed at the championships to split the team championship title with Williams.
Unfortunately, a serious injury between the New England's and the NCAA Championships didn't give him an opportunity to compete for a national championship.
"If it weren't for his untimely injury the Sunday prior to the NCAAs, Garrett almost certainly would have placed very high at the national championships," remarked his assistant coach, Hall of Famer Paul Wyman. "He had a Division I level change and the best high crotch takedown I had seen in a decade. More important, he was one of the most mentally and physically tough wrestlers WPI ever put on the mat."
Trombi left his mark on the WPI record book, particularly in the takedown category. Three times he cracked the top five in single-season takedowns, including the second most (71) during his junior season. His career total of 215 takedowns are an eye-popping 60 more than the next highest mark in program history. He ended his career with an impressive 41-9-1 record with six wins by pin.
"Garrett's four-year varsity wrestling career can be described as intense, driven and exemplary," said Hall of Fame head coach Phil Grebinar. "A team leader both in practice and in competitions, Garrett always worked for excellence in both his own performance and the teams. As co-captain on two New England championship winning teams, Garrett's leadership was instrumental in that success."
Garrett Trombi, graduated with honors from WPI in 1995 with a degree in civil engineering.
He now works in sales for Barker Steel, a rebar fabricator. He and his wife, Kathy, live in his hometown of Amherst, N.H., with their children, Paul and Caroline.