WADSWORTH: Copley’s Kyren Butler and Barberton’s Paul Zentiska are quick studies in success.

Already accomplished athletes, the two looked at strong wrestlers in the past and present for inspiration and walked out of the Wadsworth Division I Sectional as champions Saturday with a great line toward reaching state.

Despite being a freshman, Butler has long been an understudy of Antwon Pugh.

A 2017 Copley graduate, Pugh was a three-time state qualifier, two-time state placer, four-time Suburban League champion and three-time All-American for the Indians before heading to Notre Dame College.

A state placer in junior high, Butler (113 pounds) watched how the former Copley great wrestled and took notes.

“He’s a dude that I can show him a move once and tell him in a match, he’ll hear it and attempt it,” Copley coach Louden Gordon said. “He and Antwon have the same style as far as being athletic, quick and lanky.

“At the same time that they’re similar, they’re different as well. They have the mentality they want to win and are coachable. I see a lot of great things in Kyren.”

Gordon should after Butler won 8-3 by decision over returning district qualifier Braydon Potter of Medina to win his sectional title.

A Josh Hephner Memorial champion and SL runner-up, Butler’s confidence was sky high following the victory.

“At the beginning of the year I knew I would be doing well right now,” Butler said. “My teammates have been pushing me along the way. When I was in middle school, I watched Antwon wrestle and tried to do it myself. Now that I’m in high school, I’m doing the same thing.”

Zentiska (195) doesn’t have to look far for inspiration.

A district qualifier last season, the junior has been going toe-to-toe with two-time state qualifier, one-time state placer and teammate Gary Wokojance every day in practice and has used him as the blueprint for success.

“We’re close friends,” Zentiska said. “In the wrestling room and weight room, we push each other. It’s helped us to become better together. I’m 100 times better now. He shows me that you have to drill hard in practice. You have to drill hard. You have to shoot hard. Everything you do has to be done with intensity.”

The intensity was ratcheted up a notch for Wadsworth in winning its own sectional for the third year in a row.

Not only did the Grizzlies qualify all 14 wrestlers to district, but they also had champions in Mikey Lewarchick (106), Luke Baughman (138), Michael North (145), Dom Loparo (160), Joey Baughman (182), Clay McComas (220) and Jordan Earnest (285).

As if the message wasn’t driven home enough, Joey Baughman added a little more spice in his fourth consecutive sectional title.

A two-time runner-up and three-time state placer, he came in ranked third in the state and drew Wokojance, who is ranked fifth, in the finals.

Wokojance never had a chance as the reigning Mr. Football showed he hasn’t forgotten how to wrestle with a 24-8 technical fall win.

“People have been talking that I’ve given up on wrestling,” Joey Baughman said. “I wanted to send a statement that I’m back and ready to win a state title.”

Brunswick’s Logan Heil (120), Derek Fields (126) and Matt Fields (132) and Medina’s Jonathan List (152) and Brady Chrisman (170) were also sectional champions.