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Jun 25, 2018
Charlton Heights Elementary SchoolPashley Elementary SchoolStevens Elementary SchoolO'Rourke Middle SchoolBH-BL High School

Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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Doug Groncki

Class of 1991, Wrestling

Doug Groncki followed his twin brother, Chad, to the wrestling mat in 3rd grade and learned many of his most important life lessons through his years in the BH-BL wrestling program.

Doug was a two-time New York State runner up in 1990 and 1991. He was also the winner of the DeMeo Award, presented to the top Section 2 high school wrestler in 1991, and was the second runner-up in 1990. He was a two-time captain of his high school wrestling team and a member of the BH-BL Wrestling Hall of Fame for his 1989 team. Doug joined the varsity team as an 8th grader, winning 20 matches that year and compiling a 144-26 record over his career, going 37-1 as a senior and 36-2 as a junior.

Doug attributes much of his success to his twin brother, Chad, and younger brother Jeff, who always pushed him to do more than he would have done on his own, and to his parents who drove him and his brothers all over the state and across the country for tournaments throughout the year. The coaching of Don Marone and Tim Koch made an enormous difference on his wrestling career. He was fortunate to have amazing teammates and a tradition of excellence in the BH-BL wrestling program that helped each of the individuals to achieve more.

After high school, Doug attended Harvard College with his teammate, Bill Forlano, and earned a varsity letter, wrestling through his junior year of college. Doug majored in Economics and had the good fortune to get an off campus job working for a litigation consulting firm, Cornerstone Research, that exposed him to business, technology and law. He earned a scholarship to work and live in Madrid, Spain, for six months during college and that led to trips to Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti, which sparked an interest in international travel.

After college, Doug joined Microsoft and moved to Seattle where he lived for ten years and met his wife Leslie. They moved to Paris, France for over three years where Doug helped open the Microsoft International office. Doug currently lives in Winnetka, IL, on the north shore of Chicago, with his wife and their three children Douglas, Andrew and Grace. Doug continues to work for Microsoft and spends time at home, at local sports meets and traveling with his family. In his free time, Doug enjoys swimming, fly fishing and snowboarding and continues to be a lifelong learner and an avid reader.