Revere senior wrestler Stephen Suglio is in the zone.
The pin zone.
Suglio scored a pin three minutes and 11 seconds into his opening round Division II state 182-pound match Thursday at Value City Arena at Schottenstein Center in front of 11,084 fans.
Suglio (46-2) pinned Port Clinton senior Zach Wheeler and remained perfect in the postseason with seven pins and one win by injury default.
“I am just taking it one match at a time,” Suglio said. “My plan is if I have a chance to end a match early, I am going to take it.
“[Wheeler] got a shot in on me early, so I just had to keep my cool. I took top second period, and then I was able to turn him to get the pin. I am confident with my turns. I think I can turn anyone.”
Suglio, 6-foot-2, has ended 30 matches this season by pin. Thursday marked his second appearance at the state meet after posting a 1-2 record at state last year.
He sits three wins away from the ultimate prize – a state championship.
“Last year going into the district tournament, every match I won was like an upset,” Suglio said. “This year I am a favorite. I feel a lot more comfortable in all my positions.”
Revere coach Dan Mosher has noticed Suglio’s improved offensive technique this season and it has enabled him to score in more ways.
“Stephen is a man on a mission,” Mosher said. “He worked his tail off in the off-season to get to this moment right here. I know he has every intention to get to the top spot on the podium.”
Suglio, a Kent State University recruit, has a 3.98 grade-point average and scored a 31 on his ACT, according to former CVCA coach Don Lorence, who trains Suglio at Titan Wrestling Club in Aurora.
Suglio said he plans to major in secondary education in college. He would like to be a math or physics teacher and a wrestling coach in the future.