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Siblings of former county stars take center stage at Medina Invitational

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MEDINA — Some see the plight of Cloverleaf’s Cade Cass, Brunswick’s Logan Heil, Wadsworth’s Luke Baughman and Medina’s Blake Chrisman as living in a shadow.

The four know having successful brothers wrestle before them is a luxury few get.

All came into the 44th annual Medina Invitational Tournament looking to add another verse to the sweet song they’ve created to this point. All will wrestle in the semifinals this afternoon with a placing already secured.

“It drives me more because I want to be as good or better,” Cass said. “There’s a lot of pressure but I like it.”

The 138-pound freshman learned from the best after watching his brother Caleb finish with 151 career wins for the Colts. The two-time All-Gazette selection, who now wrestles for Cleveland State, was a state alternate last season and a state qualifier as a junior.

Most see big shoes to fill. Cade Cass sees the blueprint for what should be a successful four years with Cloverleaf.

“No one knew who I was before today except I was Caleb Cass’ little brother,” he said. “Coming in and winning the quarterfinals and getting to the semifinals was a confidence booster for me. Him being a role model and showing me what works and what doesn’t work showed me that before I got into positions in matches, he’d already been there.”

Heil (126) saw even more through his brother Josh, a four-time state placer for Brunswick who accumulated 152 career wins.

His brother Dean took that a step further as a four-time state champion for St. Edward and two-time national champion for Oklahoma.

Big names, but no big deal for the future Cleveland State Viking.

“My brothers showed me how to wrestle, but not only that, they showed me how to be the man I am today,” Heil said. “It’s not tough at all. It’s a blessing to have so much to look up to. If they weren’t there, I wouldn’t have any motivation to be a state champ.”

Baughman (138) has quite a solid résumé already as a reigning state runner-up, three-time state qualifier and two-time state placer with a scholarship to Indiana.

His brother Noah was a two-time state champion, two-time Gazette MVP and three-time state placer whose 165 career wins rank seventh in Medina County.

“I guess other people look at it as a shadow, but he’s my brother. He wants me to be just as good or better than him” Baughman said.

“It’s not pressure because he’s rooting for me to be the best. It’s a huge advantage for me. He’s a two-time state champ who goes to Cornell, who wrestles with (national champion) Yianni Diakomihalis every day. He’s the best kid in the country. He has so many good things to show me.”

Chrisman (195) sees much of the same from brother Brady, who wrestles for Kent State after a career with the Bees that included a state runner-up finish, two state placings and 171 career wins, which rank fifth in the county.

“I definitely learned a lot from him,” Chrisman said. “It’s definitely motivation to get where he was at and finish high. I just want to make my own name and show everybody I’m my own name and not his little brother.”

The quartet joins Highland’s Brady Linder (152) and the Wadsworth trio of Michael North (145), Logan Messer (152) and Dom Loparo (170) in today’s semifinals, which should begin at noon.

Contact Brad Bournival at bournival929@gmail.com.


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