Just a year earlier the 23-year-old short order cook finished last in the Classic on Lake Logan Martin in Alabama.
The poignant irony of the Bassmaster American is that some of the very pros that Kerchal beat in that fateful event on High Rock Lake are here fishing the Major.
Tactics of the Final 6 anglers in the Bassmaster Memorial
Thliveros could only do half of what he does best, which is fish.
His boat garnered almost 50 percent of all votes cast in the final round, earning him the grand prize, $10,000 cash.
He held his smile until he was about a half a step back stage when he started swinging his arms around out of frustration.
"It seems like destiny," said Thliveros, a six-time BASS winner. "This victory and defending this title are the hallmark of my career."
"I didn't have anything else to do. I wasn't worried about catching any more fish. I just had time to kill, and I started fishing.
Peter Thliveros is the picture of calm going into the final day of the Bassmaster Memorial on Oneida Lake.
Jared Lintner is hoping to have a delivery of his own this week at the end of the Bassmaster Memorial.