The first win came nearly four years ago, back when Jesse Combs was a freshman. Squared off against Rob Akers from Downingtown West in a dual meet at the old Oxford gym, Combs hit a headlock to deck Akers to register win number one of his high school career."That meant a lot because I wasn't supposed to beat Akers," said Combs. "But I've always wrestled really well at home."
Once again in front of the home crowd at the Section VI tournament at the new gym, Combs rang up a 19-3 tech fall (3:41) over West Chester Rustin's, Greg Thurston, to become the 16th Oxford wrestler to join the 100-victory club, the first since Paul Weitzel two years ago.
"It means a lot to me because I didn't think I was going to have a chance to get there after missing so much of my sophomore season (with a knee injury)," said Combs. "It means that I had to get deep into tournaments, and move on as far as I could in the post season. To get it here at home makes it even more special."
"He had a couple of short seasons, and he was still able to reach that plateau," said Oxford coach Scott Gold. "He's been very consistent over the four years, getting 30 or more wins other than his sophomore season when he got hurt at Unionville. He's worked hard to get where he is."
While 100 wins is a nice milestone, the ultimate goal for any wrestler is the state tournament in Hershey, something Combs has yet to accomplish, though he came close last season.
"One-hundred wins is a nice thing, but hopefully I'm not done." said Combs. "Losing to Spielman when I was a win away last season still bothers me. This is my final shot; so I just need to take things one match at a time, and try to avoid making the costly mistakes that cut my seasons short in the past."