WADSWORTH: While it’s rare, Wadsworth wrestling coach John Gramuglia knows what his team is capable of after losing in a dual.

To the rest of the Suburban League, you’ve been warned.

The Grizzlies opened the Division I, Region 2 state duals on Wednesday with a 47-23 win over Brunswick, but then fell 50-18 to two-time defending champion St. Edward in the final.

The Grizzlies (11-4) will head to Barberton on Saturday looking for their 26th consecutive SL title, and they’ll do it with a little fire in their collective bellies.

“It definitely will drive us,” Wadsworth 182-pounder Joey Baughman said. “This is a good measuring stick for where we’re at. It’ll be good for us this weekend.”

While Brecksville won the head-to-head match with Wadsworth earlier in the season, the Grizzlies bounced back with a win in the always-tough Grizzly Invitational Tournament two days later. It’s a very similar situation this time, as the Grizzlies will be the hunted once again at the league tournament Saturday.

The fact Quentin Griffin (126 pounds), Dom Loparo (160), Hunter Blaz (170) and Chris Suarez (195), who missed Wednesday’s duals, will be back in the lineup will help. Only Clay McComas (220) will still be on the mend after an appendectomy.

“This will be huge,” Jordan Earnest (285) said. “Using this off of that, we know how close we are to beating some of the best kids. A lot of those matches could be the state championship matches in Columbus. We can use that and see how hard we have to wrestle every match now.”

Those weren’t just words of encouragement, they were pretty much fact as St. Edward’s Bryce Andonian (138 pounds), who is projected to finish third at state, faced projected state runner-up Luke Baughman, and Eagles 145-pounder projected state champion Sam Dover faced projected No. 2 Michael North.

While St. Edward won both matches, it’s not the January matches individuals are known for, but the ones in March that build resumes as Joey Baughman, Earnest and Dylan Miller (220) all won both of their matches.

“I was proud of them,” Gramuglia said. “We were outmanned. They wanted to beat us to get to state and go against St. Paris Graham. We just have to keep moving forward.”

Although Brunswick (9-6) couldn’t find a way to beat the Grizzlies, they did win one of the feature matches of the night when former Walsh Jesuit state champion Matt Fields bumped up to face state placer Luke Baughman in a battle of projected state runner-ups.

Both wrestlers scored five-point moves to make it a one-point match in favor of Fields late.

The three-time state placer scored an escape and then fought off a single-leg takedown by Baughman in the waning seconds to walk out with a 7-5 victory.

“The biggest thing he should get out of that was you can’t become complacent,” Brunswick coach Mike Koshar said. “You can’t try to protect the lead. You can’t just wrestle hard, you have to wrestle smart. It wasn’t that he didn’t wrestle hard, but he gave Baughman a chance to get back into at the end and make it close.

“It was a lot of fun. Everyone knew it was going to be a great match. There were probably five or six matches like that, but not to the level of accolades those two are probably going to take home.”