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Wadsworth wrestling young, dominant

By admin Published: December 23, 2007

Wadsworth sophomore Brad Squire captured the title in the 130-pound weight class Saturday to help the Grizzlies win the 48th annual North Canton Holiday Wrestling Invitational.

The Grizzlies finished first in the team standings with 186.5 points. Lake (160.5) placed second and University School (155) took third.

A week before, Wadsworth defeated their most dangerous league foes - Barberton and Highland - in a Suburban League quad meet. Two weeks ago, Squire, a defending Division I state champion, captured a championship at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman - one of the nation's most prestigious high school wrestling tournaments.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Wadsworth's early season success is that the Grizzlies are achieving their glorious run without a single senior on their roster.

Freshman Alfredo Gray (103) and sophomore Bart Randolph (171) placed second at the North Canton Holiday Wrestling Invitational. Junior Alex Gray (112) took third, and freshman Clay Wenger (119) and sophomore Ben Buzzelli (285) had fourth-place finishes. Sophomore Josh Otanicar and freshman Nate Ball wrestled each other at North Canton Hoover High School and finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 145-pound weight class.

"Our youth and middle school programs prepared these guys," Wadsworth coach John Gramuglia said. "We're just trying to polish them."

If any young wrestler in Ohio is polished, it's Squire. His career high school record is now 48-0. His victory at the Ironman proved to any doubters that he is not only one of the best high school wrestlers in Ohio, but he's one of the best in the United States.

Squire appears to be capable of becoming the area's first four-time state champion since Harry Lester of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy accomplished the feat with four state titles from 1998 to 2001.

Lester's career high school record was 165-2. It will be interesting to see if Squire can come close to matching Lester's amazing mark.

Click here for more about the North Canton Holiday Wrestling Invitational.



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