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Cardinal Stritch wrestling coach Dave Wlodarz doesn't see his name atop the Cardinals' career victory list anymore.
Reindel, the Cardinals's 140-pound senior, passed Wlodarz on the list earlier this season. His record stands at 138-20, breaking the previous record of 126 set by Wlodarz, who graduated in 1985.
The 5-9 Reindel, who is 28-2 this season, said breaking the record was never a goal early in his career.
"I never even knew it was a record," he said. "One day I was sitting in the wrestling room and there was a plaque with all of the school records on it. I found it and said, 'Hey I just got my 100th career win and I think I can beat this record.' "
Cardinal Stritch has a proud wrestling tradition, and current captains Reindel and Kyle Gladieux, a junior, are carrying on that tradition.
Last season, Reindel competed at the state tournament with teammate Chris Shattuck (160), who has graduated. This season, Reindel and Gladieux are good bets to make it to Columbus.
"They're both having outstanding years," Wlodarz said.
Reindel is rated No. 6 in the Brakeman Report, and Gladieux is rated second at 152 pounds. Gladieux was a state qualifier at 130 as a freshman.
Not surprisingly, Reindel and Gladieux wrestle each other every day in practice.
"I can't ask for a better workout partner," Reindel said. "My freshman year I had my brother, Jimmy, who was a senior. He left and Kyle stepped right in, and me and him have been going at it ever since. He's gotten bigger. He's one of the best in the state right now. It's awesome to know I get to work out with that kid."
"It's challenging at times," Wlodarz said, "but they are both outstanding people and they do a great job of trying to separate the two. They've been doing it for a number of years, so this is nothing new to them. Josh is an excellent technician and an excellent scrambler. When he is agressive, he is very difficult to beat."
Josh Reindel said he likes having his dad as a coach.
Gladieux, who is 28-2 this season, had three interceptions last fall to earn second-team All-Toledo Area Athletic Conference honors in football. He was also a starting running back.
Last winter, Gladieux had to sit out wrestling season because of residency issues. His mother, Nancy, has since moved to Oregon which has allowed Kyle to compete on the mat this year.
"Last year was the hardest thing I ever had to go through," Gladieux said. "I would practice every day and wrestle with my teammates and then go to tournaments and have to watch them. I definitely use it to motivate me and make myself work harder."
"He goes out and is very tough on top, and he turns people pretty aggressively," Wlodarz said. "If he gets you on your back, he's tough to get off. He's pretty aggressive right off the bat."
"I just go get 'em," he said. "I've been like that since I started wrestling. I just don't give them a chance to do anything. (Assistant coach) Jim Derr has been working with me since middle school. As long as I get my hand raised, that's all that matters."
There is still one more trophy he'd like to add to his collection: Division III state champion.
"I've worked too hard to lose anything," Gladieux said. "I expect to go to Columbus and win it. Everything I do, I work toward state. That's what I'm looking forward to - just win one match at a time and keep beating people. I work hard to go out there and get my hand raised."
Reindel didn't play for Stritch's football team last fall in order to avoid injuries. Two years ago, he broke his arm during the last week of the football season and it affected his junior year of wrestling.
"I just worked out and ran all year," Reindel said. "I came in with a positive attitude and decided I wasn't going to cut as much weight this year. I wanted to stay at 140 and wrestle hard and see where it takes me. In previous years I got too worked up and stressed about it. This year has been a lot more low-key and less stressful."
Reindel won one match at 135 at state last year, but he's going for broke from here on out.
"I've been down there two years in a row, and I definitely should have been on the podium," he said. "I sold myself short and I didn't wrestle hard. I was satisfied with being down there. I realize I'm much better than that and I've worked hard and I deserve to be at the top of the podium.
"I've worked hard my whole life, so it's time to go out and get the reward for doing that."
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