Phillip Lyons demonstrated some of the greatest determination of any Peddie athlete.
He was captain of the Peddie cross country team and led his team to a 6-1 record. Phil also captained the Peddie wrestling team, leading it to a fourth-place finish in National Interscholastic Wrestling Championships.
As an individual wrestler, Phil won the 130 lb. National Prep Championship after wrestling in two overtime matches. According to a 1946 Peddie News article, “In the quarterfinals, Lyons had to wrestle in an overtime period to decision of Hershey Institute. In the semi-finals, Lyons had to wrestle another overtime period to decision a Lawrenceville wrestler. At the end of the final match, Lyons was down 6-5 but he won on a three minute riding time advantage 7-5 and became the national champion.”
Phil never gave up in any contest. His tenacity and determination are in the finest traditions of Peddie athletics.