COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – 672 of the best high school wrestlers in the State will make the trip to Columbus tomorrow for the Ohio State Championships. This year, the Valley will send 23 kids to the state capitol.
Canfield has the most representatives. The Cardinals had six wrestlers qualify for State, including Senior Jacob Esarco. He’s making his third appearance in Columbus, and will start the tournament as a Number One seed this year along with Boardman’s Mario Graziani, and West Branch Junior Ian Sharp.
Canfield’s total of six wrestlers is not only the most for any local school, it’s also the most ever for Head Coach Dean Conley.
“It’s an exciting thing for everyone in our program,” said Conley. “It’s exciting for our coaching staff. Our school is a buzz, our community, our parents are excited, but right now we’ve still got some work to do so we’re not necessarily to focused on getting six down there we want to get six on the podium. That’s what we want to do.”
“I just want to wrestle my absolute best and win a State Championship,” Esarco said. “I put that as my goal at the beginning of the year and hopefully I can achieve that.”
West Branch Junior Ian Sharp is equally as motivated.
“I want to win it, and I believe I can win it, but the thing is I got to stay humble for it. Even though I’m ranked number one I’m still acting like i’m one of those sleeper guys, like nobody knows who he is yet. Like, if you don’t stay humble, you’re going to get knocked off.”
State wrestling competition runs Thursday through Saturday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at Ohio State University.