The WPI wrestling program boasts a long storied tradition of excellence. The focal point for this tradition of excellence for the past 32 years is head coach Phil Grebinar. His 408-150-6 career dual-meet record at WPI translates into a sparkling .729 winning percentage. WPI has now had 24 winning seasons in the last 28 years.
Grebinar has been named NECCWA’s Coach of the Year three times: 1984-85, 1987-88, and 1993-94. He has also coached WPI to four NECCWA championships: 1985, 1987, 1994, and 1995. In 1987, WPI wrestlers placed in all 10 weight classes -- a tournament first. Committed to the development of the entire student-athlete, Grebinar has coached 191 All-New England wrestlers, and has sent 48 wrestlers to compete in the NCAA Division III National Tournament, where 8 individuals have earned All-America honors a total of 11 different times.
This past winter, Grebinar achieved something special in reaching 400 career dual-meet victories, doing so January 25, 2004 versus Coast Guard in the NECCWA Dual Team Championships at Bridgewater State University. Grebinar is one of the few active coaches in any NCAA division to have attained 400 wins.
Grebinar and his staff were pleased to host the NECCWA Individual Tournament at WPI’s Harrington Auditorium on Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 21-22, 2004. It was the first time WPI had hosted this tourney since 1987. Six WPI wrestlers went on to gain All-New England status, and one of those went on to compete in the NCAA Division III Nationals at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
A native of Long Island, New York, Grebinar received his bachelor’s (‘71) and master’s degrees from Cortland State College, where he was a football player and wrestler. In 1996, he was inducted into the Massachusetts Interscholastic Wrestling Coaches Association Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1994, he was inducted into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.
In 2002, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the New England College Conference Wrestling Association’s Hall of Fame. And in 2003, he was inducted into the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. As a result, his name is now inscribed on a plaque in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Grebinar is also a faculty member in the Department of Physical Education at WPI with the rank of Associate Professor. Additionally, he serves as Coordinator of Physical Education for the department.
- B.S., Cortland State, 1971
- M.S., Cortland State, 1972
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