Wadsworth sophomore Brad Squire still has a chance to become a four-time state champion, but his hopes of achieving that feat with an undefeated record have been shattered.
Perry junior Seth Horner gave Squire his first career high school loss last Saturday. After losing to Squire in early December in a title match at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman, Horner edged his rival by a 5-3 decision Saturday to win the championship in the 130-pound weight class at the eighth Mayfield Big 8 tournament.
"Seth kind of controlled that whole match and capitalized on Squire's mistakes," Perry coach Brent McBurney said. "He's been the most disciplined he ever has been compared to the last two years. It's made a difference and it paid off on Saturday."
Horner's win also helped the Panthers (298 points) edge the Grizzlies (290) in the final team standings.
"Wadsworth has a good program, but we kind of have something special going with them -- we don't like to get beat by those guys," McBurney said. "It was good for our confidence as a team."
Horner has finished third at the Division I state tournament in each of the past two seasons. His record is 24-3 this season.
Last season, Squire went 34-0 and became the first freshman in Wadsworth history to win a state title. He was 23-0 this season and 57-0 in his career before losing to Horner.
I have talked to several coaches and parents in the wrestling community who thought Squire could go undefeated in high school. As I've written on this blog before, I also believed he could finish his high school career with a perfect record. But his loss proves how difficult the competition is in Ohio.