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Wrestling Mats Honor State Champion Joel Lamson

Joel Lamson

Joel Lamson made a lot of memories as a wrestler in the Waterloo Central School District. Now, people will be reminded of Lamson every time they see the mats at his alma mater.

Waterloo honored Lamson, the district’s only state champion wrestler, by dedicating its wrestling mats to him prior to a Dec. 9 match against Red Jacket at Waterloo Middle School.

Lamson was joined by several family members, including his parents Jim and Donna and friends. His high school coach, Abe Meyers, was also there to mark the occasion.

“It meant a lot to me,” Lamson said. “It was a really special night with my family and friends.

“It was good to be back in Waterloo. I hadn’t been in that gym in a long time and it brought back a lot of memories. I think about all of the support that I got from my coaches, teammates and family often. I didn’t always recognize it then, but I appreciate it so much now.”

Lamson capped his five-year varsity wrestling career at Waterloo by winning the state title at 119 pounds in 1985. The feat is more impressive considering large schools and small schools competed in the same division at the time

A four-time Section V champion, Lamson completed his high school career with a record of 140-15-1. He was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 1985 state qualifier and was inducted into the Section V Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004.

Lamson, who was inducted into the Waterloo Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993, went on to an outstanding career at Ithaca College where he was a two-time All-American and a member of the Bombers’ back-to-back Division III national championship teams in 1989 and ’90. He placed second in the nation at 126 pounds as a senior.

Lamson and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters. He is in his 31st year as an elementary physical education teacher for the Ithaca City School District.