When Anthony Ng was starring at Monticello High School on his way to setting the school's win record, he competed on the campus of SUNY Sullivan at the Eastern States Classic. [He was the runner up at 130 pounds to JP O'Connor at the event in 2005].
Now, Ng, who wrestled collegiately at Buffalo and Boston University, is returning to Sullivan, but this time as the head coach of the Generals.
"It’s an incredible opportunity; I’m just so excited," Ng said. "I've been in this area - wrestling here in high school and coaching at Monticello High School. When I graduated from high school, there wasn't a program at Sullivan. It's awesome to see that there is one now and to be coaching here, it's surreal for sure."
The squad is primarily made up of newcomers, with one sophomore on the roster. But Ng is excited about what he's seen to this point.
"It's a good, eclectic mix," he said. "The guys work extremely hard and they work together."
Ng said one of the events he's looking forward to is the New York State Intercollegiate tournament, which takes place November 20 on the Cornell campus.
"That is an awesome opportunity to wrestle with talent from all over New York State," he said. "To have all the divisions going at the same time, competing against each other, is exciting. It's cool to have another NYS championship at the college level. It gives kids a chance to potentially make a name for themselves in that kind of environment."
The current team members (listed below) will look to do that at that event and throughout the campaign. But Ng is focused on the gains being made every time the team hits the mat.
"I want them to continue to improve every single day," he said. "It might sound cliche, but it's so important in this sport. I put them in situations where they have to do things they’ve been working on. We're constantly working, learning, improving. I can’t set any goals yet, but I want them to get to a position where they could have the chance to go to Nationals."
And Ng isn't just talking about this year; he's thinking about the future as well.
"I'm excited to build a program," he said. "I think there's a lot of potential with relationships with Beat the Streets and all the talent around here. I think this program can grow to great heights."
Sirgorio Thomas Ray (2nd year)
Brian Vaughn (1st year)
Luis Sibilly (1st year)
Kahhar Roufai (1st year)
Allan Reyes (1st year)
Travis Kelly (2nd year)
Deonte Moore (2nd year) - transfer from Utica College
Owen Pacifico (1st year)