WADSWORTH — Just call the Wadsworth wrestling team the Silly Putty of the Suburban League.
A school that was pushed to the limit and beat up just three days prior bounced back into form Saturday at the conference championships to lock up its 24th straight league title.
“The ride back was quiet,” Grizzlies coach John Gramuglia said about the bus trip home from St. Edward on Wednesday after a 47-10 loss. “We were suffering. It was good for us. We had a reflection. That next practice we were serious. It was, ‘Let’s get back to fundamentals.’”
Not only did Wadsworth get back to fundamentals at the SLT, it got back to winning.
The Grizzlies sent 13 wrestlers to the finals of the National Division and crowned Noah Baughman (120 pounds), Michael North (126), Luke Baughman (132), Connor Clark (138), Joey Baughman (160), Chris Suarez (195) and Kyle Green (285).
Brock Swartzbaugh (106), Matt McMillan (113), Ryan Orr (145), Cody Surratt (152), Alex Jones (170) and Clay McComas (220) finished second, while Evan Goebel (182) was third.
“It’s hard to lose like we did (to St. Edward), but I think our guys knew that we didn’t wrestle to our best ability,” four-time conference champion Noah Baughman said. “We just needed to prove ourselves again this weekend.
“A loss like that was hard, but I didn’t worry. I trusted our guys. I knew we had some fuel in our fire. Not much has changed. We took a loss, whoop de doo. We fought back hard. We’re back to wrestling.”
The SL threw a new wrinkle with an ultimate championship, where the winners of the National and American divisions squared off with bragging rights on the line.
Noah Baughman, North, Luke Baughman, Joey Baughman and Suarez won ultimate championships to further cement their legacies.
“We obviously needed to prove ourselves at this tournament,” Joey Baughman said. “It definitely gave us a lot of confidence — it gave me a lot of confidence last year — it should do wonders for our time for the sectional tournament.”
If there was a team that picked up some confidence heading into sectional action, Highland certainly fit the bill.
Winless in the regular season because they only have eight wrestlers, the Hornets finished fourth in the American Division behind Aurora, Copley and Tallmadge and missed third place by one point.
Tyler Wissel (120) and Bradley Staron (132) finished second, while Brandon Yu (3rd, 113), Ryan Wissel (3rd, 126), Brandon Linder (3rd, 138), Josh Kedzior (4th, 145), Andrew Plevris (4th, 152) and Joey D’Amico (4th, 285) also placed.
Every wrestler reached the podium.
“I feel as though this was a confidence-booster,” Yu said. “You go through the season, keep drilling hard and keep going at it. I feel that we’ve gone pretty far from where we started with coach (Alan) Fried and coach Kevin (Zywiec). They’re very helpful and have taught us great technique we can use.”
How Highland uses it remains to be seen, but the fact the Hornets put it all together only two weeks before the postseason has the squad thinking big.
“I feel like we need to stick the basics and go as hard as we can,” Yu said. “If we do that, we can do big things.”
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WADSWORTH — Results Saturday from the Suburban League Tournament.
Team standings: 1. Wadsworth 258.5; 2. Brecksville 176; 3. Hudson 130; 4. Nordonia 69.5; 5. North Royalton 61; 6. Twinsburg 48; 7. Stow 42; 8. Cuyahoga Falls 27.
Regular-season standings: 1. Wadsworth, 7-0; 2. Brecksville, 6-1; 3. Hudson, 5-2; 4. North Royalton, 4-3; 5. Twinsburg, 3-4; 6. Stow, 2-5; 7. Nordonia, 1-6; 8. Cuyahoga Falls, 0-7.
Overall standings: 1. Wadsworth 28; 2. Brecksville 24; 3. Hudson 20; 4. North Royalton 14; 5. Nordonia, Twinsburg 10; 7. Stow 6; 8. Cuyahoga Falls 0.
106: Gabe Tagg (Bre) m.d. Brock Swartzbaugh (Wad), 14-3; Third: Brandon Reeves (CF) m.d. Nicci Polifrone (Bar), 12-3; 113: Jarod Bronstrop (Bre) d. Matt McMillan (Wad), 7-0; Third: Nino Pausch (Twi) p. Logan Hawk (Sto), :56; 120: Noah Baughman (Wad) m.d. Harry Feuer (Bre), 14-6; Third: Jim Brenneman (Nor) d. Mason Coleman (Hud), 4-2; 126: Michael North (Wad) d. Marco Regalbuto (Bre), 10-3; Third: Tommy Masteller (Nor) d. Paul Twarog (NR), 8-4. 132: Luke Baughman (Wad) d. Dietrich Boysel (Hud), 5-2; Third: Clayton Catanzarite (Bre) d. Joe Bucci (NR), 9-2; 138: Conner Clark (Wad) m.d. Nolan Wochna (Bre), 9-0; Third: Alec Detweiler (Twi) p. Matt Withem (Hud), :52; 145: Chris Motter (Hud) m.d. Ryan Orr (Wad), 5-4; Third: Logan Emery (Sto) p. Matt Casey (NR), :32; 152: Austin Hiles (Bre) d. Cody Surratt (Wad), 5-2; Third: Jake Sawyer (NR) d. Austin Mullen (Hud), 4-2; 160: Joey Baughman (Wad) p. Collin Hall (Hud), 1:40; Third: Cole Gavin (Aur) m.d. Collin Flynn (Nor), 11-1; 170: Joey Andrassy (Sto) d. Alex Jones (Wad), 1-0; Third: Max Carroll (Bre) d. Omar Khanfar (NR), 7-2; 182: Anthony Perrine (Nor) p. Kyle Minor (Hud), 1:35; Third: Evan Goebel (Wad) m.d. Alec Chapman (NR), 12-0; 195: Chris Suarez (Wad) p. Ryan Hatcher (Bre), 3:45; Third: Dakota Page (CF) p. Eric Terry (Hud), 3:39; 220: Eddie Sternad (Bre) d. Clay McComas (Wad), 7-0; Third: Danny Baka (Hud) p. Jake Vogler (NR), 2:31; 285: Kyle Green (Wad) d. Alec Carmelli (Nor), 5-2; Third: Connor Milosovic (Hud) p. Tim Edwards (Twi), 2;11.
Team standings: 1. Aurora 251.5; 2. Copley 216; 3. Tallmadge 87; 4. Highland 86; 5. Barberton 54; 6. Revere 41; 7. Kent Roosevelt 37.
Regular-season standings: 1. Aurora, 6-0; 2. Copley, 5-1; 3. Tallmadge, 4-2; 4, Revere, 3-3; 5. Barberton, 2-4; 6. Roosevelt, 1-5; 7. Highland, 0-6.
Overall standings: 1. Aurora 24; 2. Copley 20; 3. Tallmadge 16; 4. Barberton, Revere 8; 6. Highland 6; 7. Roosevelt 0.
106: Ed Suber IV (Tal) p. Kolby Lange (Bar), 1:19; Third: Kyle Peterson (Aur) t.f. Micah Vilavong (Cop), 16-0. 113: Jack Gorman (Aur) t.f. Matthew Kappler (Cop), 22-4; Third: Brandon Yu (Hig) d. Autumn Whitlatch (Bar), 8-4; 120: Andy Garr (Aur) d. Tyler Wissel (Hig), 7-0; Third: Adam Nedolast (Cop) d. Logan Rickenbacker (Tal), 9-4; 126: Benny Simmons (Cop) d. Jake Potok (Tal), 12-8; Third: Ryan Wissel (Hig) m.d. Justin Rosselot (Aur), 11-0; 132: Trevor Mitch (Aur) p. Bradley Staron (Hig), 4:35; Third: Tyler Richards (Cop) p. Brian Alexander (Ken), :31; 138: Jarrod Brezovec (Aur) m.d. Osiris Khalfani (Cop), 19-8; Third: Brandon Linder (Hig) m.d. Cameron Fitzsimmons (Bar), 12-1; 145: Antwon Pugh (Cop) m.d. Dominic Stuber (Aur), 11-2; Third: Stefan Farian (Rev) d. Josh Kedzior (Hig), 8-3; 152: Brandon Grimes (Cop) d. Gary Wokojance (Bar), 9-8; Third: Ryan Scantland (Aur) d. Andrew Plevris (Hig), 4-3; 160: Cole Gavin (Aur) p. Paul Molke (Rev), 5:07; Third: Chad Brown (Cop) p. Owen Smith (Bar), 2:30; 170: Colin McNamara (Aur) d. Colton Murray (Cop), 2-1; Third: Max Klein (Rev) d. Dan Hepler (Tal), 12-5; 182: Bubba Arslanian (Aur) d. Connor Knabe (Cop), 4-2; Third: Justin Paonessa (Tal) p. Beckett Fant (Rev), 1:11; 195: Connor Bizjak (Aur) p. Adam Allen (Cop), 5;14; Third: Brian Reynolds (Tal) p. Dustin Evans (Ken), 1:28; 220: Madison Prokop (Cop) p. AJ Greer (Ken), 1:06; Third: Connor Franks (Tal) p. Mason Copley (Aur), 2:52; 285: Josh Burger (Aur) d. Arman Samouk (Cop), 3-2, UTB; Third: Kyle Clariday (Ken) d. Joey D’Amico (Hig), 1-0.
106: Tagg (Bre) by inj. def. Suber (Tal); 113: Bronstrup (Bre) d. Gorman (Aur), 4-1; 120: N. Baughman (Wad) m.d. Garr (Aur), 11-3; 126: North (Wad) by ff; 132: L. Baughman (Wad) p. Mitch (Aur), 3:34; 138: Brezovec (Aur) m.d. Clark (Wad), 12-3; 145: Pugh (Cop) d. Motter, 15-8; 152: Hiles (Bre) by ff; 160: Joey Baughman (Wad) by ff; 170: McNamara (Aur) by ff; 182: Perrine (Nor) d. Arslanian (Aur), 2-1; 195: Suarez (Wad) by ff; 220: Sternad (Bre) by ff; 285: Burger (Aur) by ff.