NORWICH (WBNG) -- Section IV sent 42 wrestlers to Albany this year, but only one can call himself a state champion and that's Norwich sophomore Dante Geislinger.
An 11-year-old dream, finally fulfilled, as a 15-year-old sophomore.
"That's always what I wanted," said Geislinger. "Ever since I was a little kid. Just to be a state champ. Call myself a state champ, and it came true."
Dante's dream to be a state champion was accomplished Saturday night in Albany when the 99-pound Norwich sophomore defeated Camden's Devon Coleman in a 9-4 decision.
"I'm very proud for him," said third-year head coach Bob Hagenbuch. "I'm proud for our team and our coaching staff and all the parents. It was a pretty cool moment."
But to reach that moment, Geislinger needed to get past Central Valley's Mason Bush in the semifinals, an opponent that handed Geislinger three of his four losses this season.
"We knew we had to win on our feet if we wanted to win that match," Hagenbuch said.
And that's exactly what Dante did. He used his quick feet and head jabs to finally beat Bush, 6-2, Saturday morning.
"He wanted it, and he was dominant," said Hagenbuch. "That's the only word that you can use. He dominated both those matches and never stopped. Once he pushed the gas pedal, he never let off."
So Geislinger finished his stellar sophomore season with a 45-4 record, a result of his incredible work ethic.
"I've been working on moving my feet more, getting some more head snaps, being more dominant with leg attacks, and trying to reach the goal on where I can be the best in neutral," Geislinger said.
This year alone, Geislinger won six tournaments, including states.
So what's in store for next season?
"Win states again," Geislinger said.
Hagenbuch added that the sky is the limit for Geislinger, saying that he'll more than likely move up in weight class next season.
Geislinger still has two more years to try and capture another state championship.