Tyler Grimaldi made history on Saturday.
The High School West senior out to avenge a loss in the state wrestling finals last year did just that as Grimaldi earned the first state wrestling title in school history.
The Harvard-bound Grimaldi defeated MacArthur High School's Steve Schneider, 9-3, in the 160-pound finals at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Grimaldi told Newsday that his loss to Long Beach's Dylan Palacio in the finals last year pushed him to work even harder on the mats.
"I thought about it all the time and used it as motivation," Grimaldi told Newsday of that loss. "It was unfinished business. I had to stay focused to get back to that spot and win it this time."
Watch the YouTube video to the right to hear Grimaldi and Hills West coach Mike Patrovich speak with New York Wrestling News about the big win in Albany