Congratulations to Cornwall Head Wrestling Coach Don Blaine for recording his 400th career victory. The milestone achievement occurred when his team defeated New Paltz 75-10 this past Sunday at the Highland Duals. Blaine is the first Section 9 wrestling coach to reach 400 wins and now ranks in the top 15 in New York State history.
Blaine began his coaching career in 1983 and earned his first victory in December of that year against Wallkill. Twenty-nine years later he has amassed an incredible record of 402-120-1 including 11 league championships. Blaine has coached 23 Section 9 champions, 7 state placewinners, and one 2X state champion (Paul Paquin). In 2011, Coach Blaine was inducted in the the New York State Wrestling Hall of Fame.
What his peers say:
“Congrats to Coach Blaine on his 400th. He is a great guy and has consistently turned out quality teams. The Goldback/Dragon Dual is always one of the highlights of our season. We will continue to do our part to keep him from getting to 500 any time soon!” NFA Head Wrestling Coach and fellow Hall of Famer Jeff Cuilty
“Don Blaine is the coach that I try to emulate my coaching style after. He is a true example of how hard work and dedication pays off into success.”
Monroe Woodbury Head Wrestling Coach Steve Fischbein
“Congratulations Don. The 400 wins speak for itself, but the real story is Don Blaine the man. He has been a great role model for so many kids and other coaches for a long time. The kids that wrestle for Don are hard working, fight till the end, and compete with great sportsmanship …all a direct result of their coach. Congrats to a good friend.”
Minisink Valley Head Wrestling Coach Kevin Gallagher