Bradenton, Fla. -- More than two decades ago, Dan Lukens was a two-time state qualifier at Manatee High School and his head coach was Andrew Gugliemini.
"I wasn’t blessed with any natural talent," said Lukens. "I wasn’t fast, wasn’t strong. But he got the best out of me just by his coaching style."
"He was like a sponge, always wanted to learn, always wanted to get extra mat time in," said Gugliemini. "Just eats, sleeps and breates wrestling."
Dan went on to become a New york city police officer, but after suffering a back injury while on the job, he retired and decided to move his family back to Manatee County. A big reason was so that his son Tylynn could wrestle for coach Gug.
"I don’t know if there’s a greater honor then that," said Gugliemini. "It’s a whole family moving down so that his son can wrestle at his old school for his old coach, and I am starting to become and old coach now."
"Best coach I've ever had," said Tylnn. "Always talks to me about wrestling, about life. It's an honor to have him as a coach."
In addition to having a hall of fame coach in his corner, Ty’s dad is a volunteer assistant coach for Manatee.
"He’s always pushing me. If he wasn’t here, I might slack a little sometimes. So he’s always there to keep pushing me and keep getting me to the next level."
"First year in Florida, he made it to the state finals," said Gugliemini. "64 wins. Led the team in pins, take downs. Just a spectacular season. But there’s still one spot left on that podium."
After finishing as a state runner-up in March, Ty’s determined to bring home gold.
"I wanna be a two-time state champ. I’m gonna work hard and I’m gonna get there."
Dan and Ty’s careers may be years apart. But they share the same drive to be great, thanks to coach Gug.
"They're both amazing humans which is more important than being a great wrestler," said Gugliemini. "I'm glad that I'm around them."