Xavier wrestling coach Ryan Chambers was exaggerating when he made that comment Thursday night, but not by much.
Gerke reached a major milestone Thursday when he collected the 150th victory of his stellar career with a pair of wins against Waterloo East and Waterloo West in a double-dual at Ron Thillen gymnasium.
Fittingly, the 150th victory came on a pin in 87 seconds against Joventay Burris of Waterloo West at 145 pounds. It was the 98th pin of Gerke's career, extending his own school record and giving him a shot at reaching the century mark before the year ends.
Xavier students came prepared with signs that said "150," and there also were big yellow balloons with the numbers 1-5-0 in his honor.
"It's pretty exciting. A lot of hard work and teammates pushing me," said Gerke. "The coaches have spent a lot of time with me. It's a big milestone for all of us."
Gerke got a standing ovation after his 150th verdict.
"I had a big cheering section. A lot of my friends," he said. "It was pretty exciting to be able to get a pin like that."
Gerke ranks second in school history with his 150 victories, trailing only Clint Lembeck at 165. And if he reaches 100 pins, he'll become only the third wrestler in Metro history in the century club with Matt Wycoff of Marion (124 pins from 1997-2000) and Alijah Jeffery of Linn-Mar (105 from 2011-14), according to the IHSAA website.
"I'd love to get to 100," said Gerke. "Hopefully I can get there."
Chambers said Gerke has been a model wrestler during his four-year varsity career. It began when he collected 25 pins as a freshman and has continued to today.
"It's exciting. It gives me goose-bumps just to think about it," said Chambers, reflecting on Gerke's 150 wins and nearly 100 pins.
"He does whatever you want him to do. And he's a great leader for these young kids. He brings them under his wing and takes care of things."
Gerke got his 149th victory Thursday with a forfeit against Waterloo East, but he went right to work for No. 150 in typical style with a vicious headlock and pin against Waterloo West.
"He's just dominant," the coach said. "He works hard, he's flexible and he's just physically strong. Josh is without a doubt the most dominant wrestler I've ever coached."
Gerke missed a few weeks this season due to a concussion in December, but he's been healthy again for a month and going strong. His career mark is 150-33 and his 29 pins this season are a school record.
Gerke is one of the most versatile prep athletes in Iowa as an all-state defensive back for the Xavier football team, a premier 800 meter runner who finished sixth at the state meet last May, and a superb wrestler who is ranked sixth at 145 pounds. He's the only two-time Mississippi Valley Conference champion in school history after pinning his way to an MVC title last Saturday at the league meet.
Gerke will decide this spring whether he wants to wrestle or run track in college, but for now he's thinking about making a run for a state championship on the mat in Des Moines.
"It's huge," he said. "I've been dreaming about it since I was a kid. It's my last chance. I'm going to go for it."
The Class 3A district meet will be held at Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Saturday, Feb. 11, where Gerke could meet Caleb Conway of Marion for the district title. Conway has handed Gerke his only two losses this season and they probably will be seeded No. 1 and No. 2 at the district tournament.
Two wrestlers from each weight class will make the state tournament from the Jefferson district, so there would be room for both of them at the state meet.
The Saints lost both dual meets Thursday, falling to Waterloo East 43-36 and losing to Waterloo West 39-37.
Patrick Chambers collected a pin against Waterloo East and a major decision against Waterloo West at 132 pounds.
WATERLOO EAST 43, XAVIER 36
132 - Patrick Chambers (X) pinned Antonio Rodriguez, 2:36
138 - Ryan Cook (X) won by forfeit
145 - Ryan Valenzuela (WE) won by forfeit
152 - Josh Gerke (X) won by forfeit
160 - Garrett Ries (X) won by forfeit
170 - Raquen Saffold (WE) pinned Shane Scott, 5:16
182 - Tyrell Gordon (WE) won by forfeit
195 - Eric Gleiter (WE) dec. Erik Rodriguez, 6-0
220 - Payne Johnson (WE) pinned Alex Francois, 0:51
285 - Omar Begic (WE) major dec. Tommy Pudil, 15-3
106 - Darrell Lowery (WE) won by forfeit
113 - Brayden Good (WE) won by forfeit
120 - Keegan Schultschik (X) pinned Chryshaun Taylor, 1:27
126 - Peter Kennedy (X) won by forfeit
WATERLOO WEST 39, XAVIER 37
138 - Ryan Cook (X) dec. Gabriel Voldoire, 7-6
145 - Josh Gerke (X) pinned Joventay Burris, 1:27
152 - Garrett Ries (X) pinned Jacob McKnight, 2:48
160 - Jacob Oliver (WW) pinned Shane Scott 4:57
170 - Evan Baker (WW) pinned Quinn Miller, 0:47
182 - Dylan Meyer (WW) won by forfeit
195 - Erik Rodriguez (X) won by forfeit
220 - Sam Gerst (WW) pinned Alex Francois, 0:51
285 - Brendon Claussen (WW) dec. Tommy Pudil, 5-2
106 - Teme Larson (WW) won by forfeit
113 - Brenton Rodriguez (WW) won by forfeit
120 - Keegan Schultschik (X) won by forfeit
126 - Peter Kennedy (X) won by forfeit
132 - Patrick Chambers (X) major dec. Nicholas Knight, 17-5
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