Cox Is a Wrestling State Champion


High school wrestling star Tommy Cox was named a state champion on Feb. 27 after his stunning performance at the NYSPHSAA 2016 State Wrestling Championships, held in Albany at the Times Union Center. Cox defeated Kelan McKenna of New Hartford, 5-3.

The win in the 113 lb. weight class came on the heels of his Feb. 14 victory at the county championships at Hofstra University, where he came out on top in an 8-2 decision over Anthony Cirillo of Rocky Point.

“Tommy winning a state title is no accident,” said his coach, Mike McLaughlin. “This is a kid who has devoted a great deal of time, both mentally and physically, to achieve this goal. He is extremely deserving of the win, and our coaching staff couldn’t be happier for him. He’s earned it and has definitely left his mark and legacy on our program.”

“Winning a state title is a dream come true, a dream I have given a lot of time towards and worked very hard to achieve,” said Cox, who finished the season with a 44-1 record. “It has been a goal of mine for a long time and I am grateful I was able to see it through.”

The senior, whose prior honors included three All-League designations and two league championships, signed a National Letter of Intent last November to attend North Carolina State University this fall.