Posted: 2:00 pm Friday, December 28th, 2012

Wrestling: Jupiter’s Jesse Stephanos breaks Palm Beach County wins record 

By Matt Porter

Wrestling doesn’t get a lot of attention in Palm Beach County, but Jesse Stephanos is quietly putting together the best career ever seen on a local mat.

Stephanos, a senior at Jupiter High, broke the county wins record on Saturday, Dec. 22 in a tournament in Coral Springs. Stephanos, who is 31-0 this season, won his 201st match at the tournament, held at Coral Springs High. That broke the previous mark set by Jupiter Christian’s Tucker Raich in 2009.

“The new high-water mark will be much higher and will likely stand for many years to come as the 2012-2013 wrestling season is not quite half over,” wrote Jupiter coach Douglas Rasmusson in an email. “The new record could end up being as high as 236 wins.”

In his junior year at Jupiter Christian, Stephanos won a Class 1A state championship in the 182-pound category. Last spring, he earned All-American status by placing third (195 lbs.) at the National High School Coaches Association tournament in Virginia Beach, Va.

Stephanos transferred to Jupiter High for his senior year. In October, Rasmusson noted, he placed fourth (195 lbs.) “what is seen as one of the toughest tournaments annually,” the Super 32 Challenge in Greensboro, N.C.