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Trent Svingala: A local wrestling legend

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Maple Hill’s Trent Svingala takes on Jon Charles of Central Valley Academy in the 106-pound final at the 2017 NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany. Svingala won a 9-2 decision to win the first of his two state titles.

March 5, 2019 03:00 pm Updated: March 5, 2019 03:55 pm

CASTLETON — The end of the 2018-2019 wrestling session doesn’t just mark the end of anther accomplished wrestling season, but the end of a successful career for Maple Hill student, wrestler and great young man: Trent Svingala. 

Svingala is a two-time state wrestling champion in two weight classes, (106 lbs in 2016-17 and 120 lbs in 2017-2018). From Trent’s freshman year to his senior year, he earned 164 wins and only 4 loses. Of those 164, 97 of those wins were by pin. 

In the 2019 NYSPHSAA Secional II wrestling tournament, Trent had two wins and one lose (the only lose of his senior season) and earned himself the third-place spot in the tournament and the state in the 132 lbs weight class. 

“I did as much as I could ask for,” Maple Hill star, Trent Svingala said, “I did more than I set out to do as a kid.” 

As a young wrestler in eight and ninth grade, Trent set goals to compete at the level of senior wresters he grappled with, and now, he has surpassed that first goal. 
Trent showed potential for the sport at a very young age. 

“It was back in second grade for Trent,” Maple Hill high school wrestling coach, Thomas Gibbons said. “He (Svingala) joined our peewee wrestling program in second grade. It was maybe his first or second practice; I walked over to his father and said I think we found his sport that he is good at. You could tell even in second grade he had natural skill to be a wrestler.” 

Gibbons credits Trent’s young talent with starting at an early age in martial art sports. 

“Trent was already doing things like martial arts before he wrestled.” Gibbons said, “It wasn’t a shock for him to get down and get rolling around with kids. He wasn’t afraid to get poked in the eye.” 

Trent would continue through the youth program and compete on the school wrestling team in middle school. From there, as they say, the rest was history. 

Svingala would prove to be a dedicated wrestler, working out and competing in tournaments year-round, not just during the high school season. 

“He does wrestle or do wrestling related workouts year-round,” Gibbons said. “He might take time off here and there, you know to be like other high school students, but he trains year-round.” 

Trent is also an honor student and all-around respected by the teachers of Maple Hill. 

Even now in the wake of his senior year, Trent continues to work. 

“I’ll be at a few tournaments, I’m competing at lake placid.” Svingala said, “I don’t want to settle into the year, I want to stay focused on my goal and do what I have to do competition-wise. It’s the easiest way to stay sharp, there is nothing like wrestling to keep you ready for wrestling.”    

The work had paid off well. Trent is such a dedicated student and wrestler, that he was recruited by Columbia University in New York City to wrestle for their program. Svingala will represent the Lions in the fall.  

“I’m excited, everyone you are facing is tough competition and I’m ready to see how I fair against that level of guys and wrestler around with the high-level coaches and have a great time.” Svingala said. 

Trent will study finance while he attends Columbia and is excited about the location. He believes studying finance in New York City will hold many opportunities for his career choice. 

“I think the sky is the limit for him at college,’ Coach Gibbons said, “He wrestlers like a college wrestler already. He gets in there and wrestlers and is so great in neutral and he is so good with his feet, and constantly scrambling.” 

Trent leaves behind a legacy and also a talented brother on the Maple Hill team, his name is Caleb Svingala, and he placed second at the NYSPHSAA Section II wrestling tournament in the 106-weight class. Trent thinks very highly of his brother’s future. 

“He just has to keep working, keep working hard and never settle.” Trent said. “There is always someone better and always someone bigger, never get too conformable.” 

Very wise words that can be used not just on the mats, but in every aspect of life as well.