CUYAHOGA FALLS — The names Michael North joined after placing fifth Saturday at the 25th annual Walsh Ironman roll off the tongue like a who’s who of Wadsworth wrestlers.
Many greats have walked the halls during the time the Grizzlies have gone to the Ironman, but very few have placed at the toughest tournament in the nation more than once.
Kagan Squire (4th, 2010, 6th, 2008, 8th, 2009) remains the only Wadsworth wrestler to place three times, while Brad Squire (1st, 2007, 2nd, 2009), Ben Buzzelli (2nd, 2009, 6th, 2010), Jordan Earnest (3rd, 2017, 8th, 2016) and Nick Tavanello (3rd, 2009-10) did twice.
When North added a fifth-place finish this season at 145 pounds to go with his fourth from a season ago, the Maryland recruit joined a list of some of the greatest to put on the red and white singlet.
“I mean, those guys are idols,” North said. “I look up to them. I didn’t even realize that I became a part of that group. Hopefully, I’m looked up to and can achieve what they have at state and keep it going.”
Getting to the second day of the Ironman is incredible in and of itself.
North won seven times at Walsh Jesuit High, proving he is worth every bit of his hype.
His only losses came to the 13th-ranked wrestler in the nation and returning Ironman champion Travis Mastrogiovanni (Blair Adacemy, N.J.), along with Cadet freestyle runner-up Cael Valencia (St. John Bosco, Calif.).
“Definitely, I see I have a lot more to work on from the losses,” North said. “But my showing does help a little bit. I’m wrestling the toughest guys in the nation, and I know I can keep up with them. At state, I should be right there.”
That wasn’t lost on Wadsworth coach Clay Wenger, who placed eighth at the Ironman in 2010.
“This is a great confidence booster,” Wenger said. “I give him a lot of credit for coming back after a tough loss. I know his goal was to win this thing, but it takes a lot of heart to come back this morning and battle back to get on the podium.”
North wasn’t the only Wadsworth wrestler to give it a go, as he was joined by Mason Brugh (106) and returning state runner-up Luke Baughman (138).
While Brugh counted four wins but fell in the blood round.
Baughman, who placed fourth last season at the Ironman, reached the consolation round of 12 as well but lost a hotly-contested 11-7 match to Jaden Le of Rancho Bernardo, Calif.
Undaunted and already looking at the North Canton Hoover Holiday Tournament, the two-time state placer knows hard work at the beginning will translate into rewards at the end.
“I’ll learn from my mistakes and get better,” Baughman said. “There’s always going to be someone there better than you. You just have to continue to work hard and keep improving and learning new things. You can always get better.
“I’ll watch the videos as much as I need to get better. I got taken down and put on my back this week. I’ll figure out why that happened how I can change it in the future to where that won’t happen anymore.”
CUYAHOGA FALLS — Results Saturday from the 25th annual Walsh Ironman Tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School.
Team standings: 1. Blair Academy (N.J.) 276.5; 2. Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 176.5; 3. Bethlehem Catholic (Pa.), LaSalle 90; 5. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) 82.5; 6. St. Edward 81; 7. Parkersburg South (W.V.) 73.5; 8. Montini Catholic (Ill.), St. John Bosco (Calif.) 73, 10. Elyria, Gilroy (Calif.), Selma (Calif.) 71; 13. Liberty 69.5; 14. Allen (Texas) 67; 15. Poway (Calif.) 65; 16. South Dade (Fla.) 59; 17. Marmion Academy (Ill.) 55.5; 18. Mt. Carmel (Ill.), Notre Dame (Pa.) 55; 20. Park Hill (Mo.) 52; 21. Brecksville, Christian Brothers College (N.Y.), Mt. St. Joseph, Reynolds (Pa.) 47; 25. Aurora 45; 26. St. Paris Graham, McDonogh (Md.), Wadsworth 44.5; 29. St. Christopher’s (VA.) 44; 30. Seneca Valley (Pa.) 43; 32. Marion Catholic (Ill.), Ponderosa 42; 33. St. Joseph Catholic (Pa.) 41; 34. Lake Gibson (Fla.) 40; 35. Broken Arrow (Okla.) 38; 36. Malvern Prep (Pa.) 37.;5 37. CVCA 36; 38. Rancho Benardo (Calif.) 35; 39. Lockport (Ill.) 33.5; 41. Canfield 31; 42. Christiansburg 30; Beaver Local 29.5; 44. Union County (Ky.) 28; 45. American Heritage (Fla.), Arlington Martin (Texas) Perry, 26; 48. Louisville, Pomona (Col.), Seckman (Mo.) 25; 51. Broad Run (Va.), Del Oro (Calif.), New Kent (Va.) 24; 54. South Side (N.Y.) 23.5; 55. Lake Norman (N.C.) 20.5; 56. Kettering Fairmont, 19.5; 57. Massillon Perry 18; 58. Crestview 17; 59. Frazier (Pa.) 15; 60. Collinsville (Ill.), Corner Canyon (Utah), Parkersburg (W.V.) 14; 63. Easton (Pa.), Oak Glen (W.V.), St. Vincent-St. Mary, Steubenville 13; 67. Caesar Rodney (Del.), Faquier (Va.) 12; 69. Clovis North (Calf.) 11; 70. Kamehameha (Hi.) 10; 71. Monarch (Col.) 9.5; 72. Battlefield, St. John 9; 74. Bullard 8.5; 75. Marysville, Oakdale (Calif.) 8; 77. Lake Catholic, Western Reserve Academy 7; 79. Mason, San Marion (Calif.) 6; 81. Lancaster 5.5; 82. Scottsbluff (Neb) 5; 83. Legacy Christian, Vincent Warren 4; 85. St. Francis (Calif.) 3; 86. Manchester, Troy Christian, Walsh Jesuit 2.
106: Kyle Rowan (Per) d. Braxton Brown (All), 4-3; Third: Gary Steen (Rey) d. Diego Sotelo (MA), 6-2: Fifth: Richard Fedlaen (McD) d. Evan Holloway (NK), 5-4, OT; Seventh: Andre Gonzalez (Pow) d. Daniel Wask (BA), 8-1. 113: Richard Figueroa (Sel) d. Alejandro Herrera-Rondon (Sen), 2-1; Third: Troy Spratley (WS) d. Timmy Levine, 3-2, OT; Fifth: Ryan Miller (BA) by inj. def. Jacob Decatur (CVCA); Seventh: Cooper Flyn (McD) d. Colton Drousias (MC), 5-2. 120: Trevor Mastrogiovanni (BA) d. Lucas Byrd, 6-5; Third: Ryan Crookham (ND) d. Lachlan McNeil (WS), 3-1; Fifth: Matt Ramos (LT) d. Nic Bouzakis (LHP), 3-2; Seventh: Kysen Terukinia (Kam) d. Carson Sauriol (Pow), 6-4. 126: Reece Witcraft (BA) d. Michael Colaiocco (BA), 8-5; Third: Kai Orine (Sec) d. Travis Ford-Melton (MC), 3-2; Fifth: Dylan Shawver (Ely) d. Drew Munch (WS), 8-2; Seventh: Dylan Ragusin (MC) d. Mosha Schwartz (Pon), 6-3. 132: Shane VanNess (BA) d. Frankie Talsahar (AH), 5-1; Third: Jordan Decatur (CVCA) d. Dylan D’Emilio (Gen), 3-2; Fifth: Beau Bartlett (WS) d. Mick Burnett (Ely), 3-2; Seventh: Kenny Herrmann (BC) by ff Henry Porter (Oak). 138: Josh Saunders (CBC) d. Chris Rivera (LHP), 3-0; Chase Saldate (Gil) d. Trent Dooley (All), 5-2; Matt Lackman (BC) d. Jackson Dean (CR), 1-0; Seventh: Peyton Hall (OG) p. Jaden Le (RB), 5-3. 145: Ryan Anderson (BC) m.d. Jaden Abas (RB), 11-1; Third: Travis Mastrogiovanni (BA) d. Cael Valencia (SJB), 4-1; Fifth: Michael North (Wad) by inj. def. Bryce Andonian (SE); Seventh: Trevor Chumbley (MA) d. Fidel Mayora (MC), 2-0. 152: Sam Dover (SE) d. Brevin Balmeceda (SD), 5-2; Third: Aaron Gandara (Pow) d. Nicholas Incontrera (BA), 3-1; Fifth: Benny Baker (WS) p. Reece Heller (MC), 3:50; Seventh: John Martin Best (Par) d. Cole Handlovic (BC), 5-4. 160: Connor Brady (Lib) d. Jace Luchau (Sel), 7-0; Third: Kyle Mosher (SS) p. Domonic Mata (BA), 1:11; Fifth: Noah Blake (Del Oro) by inj. def; Seventh: Todd Perry (SD) m.d. Tyler Stoltzfus (SJC), 10-2. 170: Carson Karchla (Lib) d. Julian Ramirez (BA), 5-2; Third: Nevan Snodgrass (KF) d. Ashton Habeil (LG), 7-2; Fifth: Christian Rodrigues (Sel) d. Jake Stefanowicz (WS), 4-3; Seventh: Jake Evans (Ely) d. Blake Hopson (PH), 3-0. 182: Darrien Roberts (Sem) d. Jackson Turley (SC), 4-2; Third: Devin Winston (PH) d. Anthony D’Alersio (Can), 3-2; Fifth: Trey Sizemore (LaS) d. Sam Fisher (Faq), 4-2; Seventh: Peyton Craft (BA) d. Nathan Haas (SJB), 11-4. 195: A.J. Ferrari (BA) d. Pete Christensen (MC), 13-7; Third: Ryan Reyes (Gil) d. Nathan Dugan (LN), 6-4; Fifth: Ethan Hatcher (Bre) d. Mike Doggett (WS), 5-3; Seventh: Kolby Franklin (SJC) d. Jack Wimmer (McD), 3-2. 220: Braxton Amos (PS) d. Owen Trephan (BA), 4-2; Third: Jake Kaminski (WS) m.d. Andy Smith (Chr), 9-0; Fifth: Kade Carlson (CC) d. Matthias Ervin (UC), 5-1, OT; Seventh: Tyler Stein (Can) by inj. def. Jarin Curtis (Per). 285: Cohlton Schultz (Pon) d. Jonathan Birchmeier (BR), 6-0; Third: Nicholas Villarreal (Fil) m.d. Louden Haga (PS), 9-1; Fifth: Johnny Shafer (Gra) d. Max Millin (Per), 7-3; Seventh: Andrew Johnson (Pow) d. Caden Hill (Cre), 5-1.