Ramapo High School Class of 1975
Steve Silverberg was a dominant four-year varsity wrestler at Ramapo High School under legendary coach Tom Canty. In 1975, Steve’s career culminated in a New York State championship and he was named a high school All-American. He was a four-time Rockland County tournament champion and twice a Section 9 champion. During his high school career Steve won 16 different tournaments, twice being named Most Outstanding Wrestler. Steve’s victory in the quarterfinals of the New York State tournament still brings back vivid memo- ries to all who witnessed it. Down by 5 points with 14 seconds to go in the match, Steve escaped for 1 point then took down the pre-tournament favorite to his back earning 5 points and moving on the eventual the state title. The arena erupted as Silverberg’s hand was raised in victory.
At Ramapo Steve was not just a wrestler but also earned three varsity letters as a soccer player. Steve captained the team in his senior year and was voted honorable mention All-County after his senior season. Those soccer skills have served Steve well later in life as he coached soccer for 15 years when his daughters progressed upward from the recreation leagues to the travel soccer teams of which they were a part.
After graduating from Ramapo, Steve’s New York State championship plus his academic achievements earned him a wrestling scholarship to the University of Virginia. During his time at UVA, he earned four varsity letters in wrestling. While competing under Coach George Edwards, a former Penn State wrestler (like Tom Canty), Steve was twice voted the team’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. He won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament twice, in his freshman and junior years. Those two victories qualified him for the NCAA Division I tournament, where he wrestled against the best in the country. He also had two second-place finishes in the ACC tournament to his credit.
After college Steve stayed active participating in recreational softball leagues, playing racquetball, and coaching his girls in soccer. Steve continues to play tennis a few times a week to stay in shape. He currently works for CBRE, an American commercial real estate company with headquarters in Los Angeles. It is the largest real estate company in the world, with Steve’s branch located in Maryland.
Steve has been married to his wife, Gloria, for 36 years and they live in Potomac, Md. They have two daughters – Michelle, 32, and Nicky, 28. Michelle and her husband, John, have a son, Jack.