WADSWORTH: Coach John Gramuglia teaches journalism at Wadsworth High School and is the adviser for the school newspaper.
He enjoys wrestling and being creative, and designed one of the T-shirts that Grizzlies wrestlers wear over their singlet before a match.
The shirt says: “New School. New Room, New Expectations. Old School Tradition.”
The expression was true once again Saturday night, when Wadsworth won the 27th annual Grizzly Invitational Tournament in the new gymnasium at the new high school. The victory is the 12th team title in a row for the Grizzlies in the event and 18th overall.
Freshman Noah Baughman, senior Mathias Zollinger and sophomore Shane Mast won individual titles for Wadsworth, which finished the 16-team event with 446.5 points. Ryle (Ky.) was second with 375.5 points and Hilliard Darby was third with 370 points.
“They were excited to be here,” Gramuglia said. “We don’t have a lot of home events. They were ready to wrestle in their gym. I talked with them about this being a show that we put on for you. You are just representing all the people that are rolling out the mats and doing the other behind-the-scenes types of things. Your job is to win. Everyone has their job here. Some people run clocks, the alumni come back and community members help out. They all do this for us. This is our showcase event. It has been here for 27 years and a lot of great wrestlers have won this tournament.”
Zollinger topped GlenOak sophomore Nick Steed 8-6 in overtime in the 138-pound final.
“I was here for the three years before that we won,” Zollinger said. “It is great to lead the team to a victory here in this new gym. It felt great and everybody did what they needed to do. I learned some things and know what I need to work on. I gained more confidence going into the tournament run coming up.”
Mast beat Ryle sophomore Ryan Woolf 3-1 at 160.
“We try to keep the tradition going,” Mast said. “Everybody says we are having a down year and all this stuff, but Mathias and Coach motivate us every day.”
Baughman defeated Olentangy Liberty sophomore Jon Furnas 9-4 at 106.
“This was a lot of fun,” Baughman said. “Our team has all nice guys and they have welcomed me to the team.”
Field juniors Vince DeJulius and Jimmy Kubitza won titles. DeJulius defeated Wadsworth sophomore Corey Riggenbach 6-3 in triple overtime at 113, and Kubitza beat Ryle senior Keegan North 6-4 at 132.
North Canton Hoover junior Jake Evanich defeated Wadsworth freshman Darrin Gilkerson 12-1 at 126. GlenOak senior Corey Siegfried beat Hamilton Township junior Alonzo Jewell 4-0 at 285.
Wadsworth sophomore Timmy Knipl finished second to Hilliard Darby senior Matthew Walker at 170 following a 11-3 decision.
Hoover sophomore Clay Haverfield and senior Tyler Stoltz each placed second. Hilliard Darby junior Trevor Parker beat Haverfield at 182 and Sandusky freshman Isaiah Margheim bested Stoltz at 195.
Ryle seniors Gus Adams (120) and Jason Maine (220) also won titles along with Liberty senior Jake Ryan (145) and Warren Howland sophomore David Brian Whisler (152).
Area third-placers were: Field freshman Cory Simpson (106), Hoover senior Jim Hammontree (285), Ellet senior Brian Hayhurst (195) and Wadsworth sophomore Connor Gray (120), junior Robbie Bosley (152) and senior Chris George (220).
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