On Sunday, August 12, Keystone College Head Wrestling Coach Steve Mytych will be inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame.
Mytych graduated from Northampton High School, where he was a four-time PIAA State Wrestling Qualifier (2002-05) and a two-time PIAA State Place Winner in 2003 and 2004. Mytych was the Northeast Regional Champion in 2005 and runner-up in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and was the District XI champion in 2004 and 2005. Mytych enjoyed 139 wins in high school and was ranked Number 1 in Public High Schools in the nation for wrestling (2004). He was All-Junior National Team Freestyle First Team in 2005 and was fifth in the High School Seniors Nationals in Cleveland, Ohio. Mytych was fifth in the Cadet Nationals Greco Roman in 2003 and 2004 and fourth in Junior Nationals Greco Roman in 2005 in addition to being fifth in Junior Nationals Freestyle in 2005.
Mytych earned his bachelor’s in elementary certification education from Drexel University in Philadelphia. In 2006, he was on the preseason All-CAA rookie first team and was elected PA junior National Coach for freestyle. In 2007, he was the Binghamton Bearcats Open Champion and was the captain of the Drexel wrestling team in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was voted the team MVP in 2010. Mytych was the Wilkes Open Champion in 2008 and 2010 and named the Wilkes Open Outstanding Wrestler in 2010. In addition, he placed sixth in the Sunkist International Open in 2010.
At Drexel, Mytych was a four-time NCAA Division I National qualifier (2006-10) and still has the most wins in Drexel’s history (128). Steve was a Freestyle National Champion in 2011 and had the most major decisions in NCAA (15) in 2008. Mytych was CAA Champion in 2010, the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2006 (first in Drexel’s history) and placed third in the University Freestyle Nationals in 2010 and third in the University Greco Nationals in 2009. Mytych placed third in the Northeast Rockport Regional Freestyle in 2009 and Top 12 in the U.S. Open in 2010 and 2011.
From 2007-10, Mytych volunteered with Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA), an organization at Drexel that involved current student-athletes mentoring incoming freshman athletes, monitoring their academics as well as time management with studies and athletics.
Mytych has coached at Bloomsburg University and was employed by Lehigh Valley Athletic Club from 2011-14. In addition to Keystone, Mytych has been the head strength & conditioning coach, assistant wrestling and head softball coach at Wyoming Seminary Preparatory High School since 2014. Steve was the Pennsylvania Wrestling head coach from 2005-15.
Mytych’s Olympic Freestyle Circuit highlights are placing fourth in the World Team Trials in 2013 and seventh in the U.S. Open. Steve was in the top eight in the Dave Schultz International Open in 2011 and place sixth (2010), fourth (2012) and fourth (2013) at the Sunkist International Open and attended the U.S. National Team Training Camp at Cornell University in 2010 and the Olympic Training Center in 2011.
Mytych placed third at the University Freestyle Nationals in 2010 and third in the University Greco Nationals in 2009 while finishing third in the NE Regional Freestyle in 2009. Mytych was in the Top 12 of the U.S. Open in 2010 and 2011 and was the University Freestyle National Champion in 2011. Steve went on International Tours in Russia and Cuba in 2013.
(Information courtesy of Luzerne County Sports HOF John Louis Popple Chapter)