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Wadsworth & Aurora wrestlers win national titles

By mikeb Published: July 30, 2009

Wadsworth High School sophomore-to-be Kagan Squire and Aurora High School senior-to-be Ty Mitch each won a national championship at the at the USA Cadet and Junior Freestyle & Greco-Roman Championships in Fargo, N.D. this past weekend.

Squire went undefeated in all 10 matches winning the Cadet National crown at 119 pounds. He earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year after placing third at 105 last year. Squire placed third in the Division I state tournament this past year for the Grizzlies at 112 with a record of 44-7.

Mitch, a two-time Division II state champion at Aurora, won the Junior Freestyle division at 119 pounds.

Squire led five Wadsworth High School wrestlers that ventured to Fargo to compete from July 18-25 as members of the Ohio Cadet and Junior National team.

All five Grizzlies won at least one match. Wadsworth sophomore-to-be Nick Tavanello earned All-American status for the first time as national runner up at 215. Tavanello also placed third in the state meet for the Grizzlies this past year at 215 with a record of 42-7.

Wadsworth junior-to-be Sheldon Brandenburg, who just missed All-American status for the second year in a row, went 3-2 in Freestyle and 0-2 in Greco Roman. Junior-to-be Alfredo Gray (1-2) and senior-to-be Brad Squire (1-2) rounded out the list of the Wadsworth participants.

Overall, the Ohio Cadet Freestyle team placed third as a team and the Ohio Junior Freestyle team placed tenth.

Ohio had three individual national champions: Kagan Squire, Ty Mitch and recent Brecksville graduate Jeremy Johnson (285).

Crestwood’s Paige Nemec was named a Junior Women’s All-Americans after placing third at 124).

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