IMLAY CITY — When the 2024-25 wrestling campaign gets underway there will be someone new in charge of Imlay City’s varsity wrestling team, that is because longtime coach Tony D’Ambrosio has stepped down from the position.

He leaves behind him a solid program which went 25-10 this past winter.

D’Ambrosio’s most successful season over that stretch at the helm of Imlay City’s program saw him direct Imlay City to a Division 3 state semifinal appearance, that coming during the 2021-22 campaign.

It was there his accomplishments included Tri-City Times All-Area, Blue Water Area Conference Coach of the Year and Division 3 Coach of the Year accolades.

“After dedicating a quarter of my lifetime to helping keep the Imlay City wrestling program growing in a positive direction, it is time for me to pass the torch and take a more supportive role,” D’Ambrosio commented. It has been an honor to be a part of these kids’ lives and watch them develop over the years and the memories and relationships created will be with me for life,” he noted.

“Thanks to my wife for always sharing our vision and being a huge contributor behind the scenes. I would also like to thank Athletic Director Don Gauthier and the administration for believing in me and always being supportive in our ideas to grow the program. Everything great starts with a solid foundation. Thanks to youth wrestling coach Roger Bontrager, your parents and young wrestlers for stepping up and continuing to build the family with hard work, grit and determination. The word relentless will always come to mind and if you have been in our room you will know what I mean. I have great pride in our current varsity group and have no doubt they have developed the leadership and work ethic to be successful in the future. Thank you to all the current/former wrestlers and parents that have continued to build the culture of the program. I would also like to thank my four kids for being understanding about being a coach/dad and all the responsibilities and time it takes to be a head coach. The Imlay City wrestling program will always be a part of me. I am excited for the future!”

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.