Chad Groncki was the first Groncki to lace-up wrestling shoes, beginning in second grade with his neighbor Bill Forlano. Once his brothers saw the trophies that could be won each weekend at tournaments, the family was hooked. For the next ten years, Chad was a member of multiple Empire State Games and National Teams for wrestling.
Slowed down by a football injury in 8th grade, Chad’s varsity wrestling career didn’t begin until his sophomore year. A two-time captain of the BH-BL varsity wrestling team, and member of the BH-BL Wrestling Hall of Fame for his 1989 team, he compiled a career record of 91-10; with 63 of those wins coming by pin or technical fall. Chad was a two-time Section 2 Champion, a New York State Runner-Up in 1990 and third place finisher in 1991. In his three year varsity career, he made the finals of every tournament he entered except for States his senior year.
Chad attributes his successes to his parents who took him all over the state and country for wrestling tournaments throughout the year. That support at home, in addition to excellent coaching from Don Marone, Warren Crow, Bill Martin, Phil Wright and Tim Koch, and a group of guys to practice with everyday that pushed one another to be their best, made being a wrestler at BH-BL during those years very special.
While wrestling his freshman year at SUNY Oswego, Chad tore his rotator cuff for the second time and that ended his wrestling career. Upon graduating from Oswego in 1995, Chad moved to Charlotte, NC, where he met and married his wife, Krista. Together, they live there happily raising their three daughters Kalyn, Haley, and Abygail. Chad teaches High School Chemistry and enjoys his time traveling with his family and being a father.