Wrestling coach of the year: Josh Galvan, Doherty

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Photo - Josh Galvan, Doherty - The Gazette 2016-17 Wrestling Coach of the Year.
Josh Galvan, Doherty - The Gazette 2016-17 Wrestling Coach of the Year.

Josh Galvan was a senior at Doherty High School the last time the Spartans won a league title in wrestling.

That stat is no more as Galvan guided his wrestlers to a league crown this season, its first since 2004.

"It was a great season," Galvin said. "The guys put in a ton of work, and our overall technique improved. The guys spend more time studying the sport of wrestling."

A critical part of the Spartans' rise has been increased depth. In his first season, Galvan had 43 wrestlers. This year, Galvan's third as head coach, he had 56. Not only did this allow more practice partners for his team, but a family approach also shaped Doherty's year.

"Everyone really came together and looked out for each other," Galvan said. "They really bought into the 'we're all in this together' attitude."

Six Doherty grapplers advanced to state this season, something Galvan hopes to continue.

"It's nice to take over and get the league title back," he said. "But we'd like to be contending for state championships, both individually and as a team."

For Galvan, it was his team - a group that was and remains dedicated to working on their craft in the offseason - that made this year what it was.

"These guys worked their butts off and made me look good," he said.