BATH TWP.: The Revere High School wrestlers continue to improve as they strive toward their goal to compete in the Division II State Tournament.
The Revere wrestling team has recently won several tournaments. Senior Stephen Suglio took first at the Bill Dies Memorial tournament on Jan. 18. Sophomore Zeck Lehman, seniors Kyle Flynn and Alec Fetzer, and junior Ahmad Khatib also placed fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.
Suglio also accomplished his 100th win at the recent Hudson Duals tournament, surpassing the milestone in his wrestling career. Suglio has been wrestling for seven years and feels great about the accomplishment, knowing it is something rare for a wrestler to achieve. Assistant coach Matt Peterson helps Suglio on and off the mat and gives him his main source of competition in practice. He believes Suglio leads by example and encourages the other wrestlers to get better.
“One hundred wins is a big deal,” Peterson said. “It shows that he not only was good just his senior and junior year but that he was getting a decent amount of wins his freshman and sophomore year too. It shows that he was consistent and was able to stick with it and improve every year.”
The team also competed in the Suburban League tournament and placed fourth out of eight teams. Suglio and Lehman both took first overall in their weight classes. Khatib placed second in his class, senior Jake Totten and Fetzer took third, and freshman Joey Gabel placed fourth. Coach Dan Mosher commented on the team’s success.
“Despite some injuries to some of our key staters, we were able to put up a strong fourth place showing at the Suburban League Tournament,” Mosher said. “Zeck Lehman’s upset victory over his Wadsworth opponent was a huge win for him and shows that he is a legitimate state contender. Suglio beat a tough opponent from Nordonia in the finals also.”
The team will compete at sectionals this today and tomorrow at Walsh Jesuit High School. Those who place fourth or higher will move on to districts on Friday and Saturday at Alliance High School. Suglio took first place at districts last year and accomplished his goal of making it to the state tournament. This year he is currently ranked No. 3 in the state and has his sights set on winning the Division II State Tournament.
“It is very fun coaching Stephen and helping him with all aspects of the sport,” Mosher said. “It is great to see him put so much time into the sport and have him be so successful. It is also rewarding when you see the advice that [you have] given is paying off and helping him to win matches.”
Suglio and Lehman are both close to breaking the all-time pin record in a season at Revere. Suglio also hopes to break other school records this year, including the career wins record, season wins record and pin record. The team though also has many goals to complete their season.
“We have our eyes set on at least seven district qualifiers and three state qualifiers. I see no reason why these cannot be earned if our guys wrestle up to their highest potential. At this point in the season, everyone is a little beat up and worn out, but it’s down to who had the most heart and determination,” Mosher said.
The boys hope to continue to improve and advance to the Division II State Tournament. The state tournament will take place from Feb. 28 - March 2 at the Schottenstein Center at Ohio State.
Marisa Salopek is a senior at Revere High School who writes weekly for Bath.Ohio.com. If you are a high school student interested in writing for Ohio.com, contact Content Publisher Deanna Stevens Ulrich at email@example.com.