NORTH CANTON — Just in case anyone forgot, Joey Baughman (182 pounds) knows how to wrestle.
Clay McComas (220 pounds) does, too, and the two put their talents on display Saturday to help the Wadsworth wrestling team win the 58th annual North Canton Hoover Holiday Invitational for the second year in a row and fifth time since 2011.
Back from football, Baughman rolled through his bracket with three pins, a technical fall and decision to join teammates Luke Baughman (138), Michael North (145) and Jordan Earnest (285) atop the podium.
McComas finished second and was joined by Logan Messer (2nd, 106), Cameron Riggenbaugh (3rd, 152) and Mikey Lewarchick (4th, 106) as placers as the Grizzlies rolled CVCA, their next closest competitor, by 66 points.
“I was definitely itching to wrestle (at the Walsh Ironman the week before),” Joey Baughman said. “Just because of watching some of the guys in my weight class, I had beaten them before, so it got me going. Also, watching Luke, Michael and Jordan, got me going.”
Having Mr. Football Joey Baughman and McComas back on the mat helped with more than just points, as the leaders have been there and done that before.
Joey Baughman is a three-time state placer, while McComas reached Columbus as a sophomore. Add the fact that both are seniors and the move back to the lineup was seamless.
“It’s just like part of the family when one of your brothers comes back from vacation or from school,” Wadsworth coach John Gramuglia said. “You just have that feeling. It’s just that bond. It feels like you have that security back.”
The direction, which was already heading up after a strong weekend at Ironman, moved forward even more and could be seen throughout the squad.
“It’s a lot more of a team,” Earnest said. “Joey brings the team together. He’s kind of like the head of the team. With Clay being back, it brings the team closer.”
The team is more than the two returning standouts and still has Chris Suarez (195) out, but with 93 percent of the lineup back the Grizzlies 100 percent dominated.
The six finalists for Wadsworth accounted for 175½ points, 17 pins, one technical fall, four major decisions and five decisions.
What’s more, Lewarchick and Riggenbaugh contributed 38½ points, four pins, a technical fall and eight decisions to show just how solid the Grizzlies are in only the third week of competition.
“We really push to get first place,” North said. “We’ve always got high hopes here. It means a lot, of course. It gets us ready for the rest of the season.”
With almost a full lineup heading into the break before the Medina Invitational Tournament, Wadsworth is feeling good about defending its team title at “The Greatest Show in Wrestling” with Suarez back in the lineup.
For now, being close to 100 percent felt good at a tournament the Grizzlies have owned for almost a decade.
“It just feels great to be back to the sport,” McComas said. “It really shows that the season is here and it’s going to be a great year.”
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NORTH CANTON — Results from the 58th annual North Canton Hoover Holiday Invitational at North Canton Hoover High School.
Team standings: 1. Wadsworth 241; 2. CVCA 175; 3. 1465.; 3. Louisville 146.5; 4. Canon-McMillan (Pa.) 139; 5. Dublin Coffman 117; 6. Tuslaw 116.5; 7. Huntington (WV) 111; 8. Lake Catholic 108.5; 9. Oregon Clay 104.5; 10. Olentangy, Wheeling Park (WV) 101.5; 12. Steubenville 99; 13. Delta York 94.5; 14. Jackson 80.5; 15. Hoover 75.5; 16. Central Crossing 70.5; 17. Minerva 68; 18. Carrollton 64; 19. John Marshall 63.5; 20. Green 59.5; 21. Berea-Midpark 57; 22. Avon 54.5; 23. Lake 53; 24. Lorain 49.5; 25. Ripley (WV) 47; 26. St. Clairsville 46; 27. Holt (Mich.) 43; 28. Logan, Marlington 25; 30. Northwest 34; 31. University School 18; Watkins Memorial 15; 33. Shaker Heights 13.5.
106: Garret Lautzenheiser (Lou) t.f. James Baumann (DC), 23-5; Third: Jimmy Baxter (C-M) d. Mike Lewarchick (Wad), 5-2. 113: Jacob Decatur (CVCA) d. Ryan Jakubia (Lou), 7-3; Third: Jacob Sherman (Ole) p. Michael Binni (C-M), 1:46. 120: Ken Heyman (C-M) d. Kyle Maville (Cla), 2-1; Third: Hunter Ryan (LC) d. Dylan Phelps (Hol), 5-0. 126: Matthew Cardello (CVCA) d. Conor McCrone (LC), 3-2, OT; Third: Cole Mattin (DY) d. Tristan Adkins (Hun), 7-1. 132: Jordan Decatur (CVCA) m.d. Logan Messer (Wad), 15-5; Third: Caleb Greer (Lor), 6-3. 138: Luke Baughman (Wad) m.d. Tyler Kaminski (Gre), 11-2; Third: Timothy Hritsko (C-M) d. Brier Marthey (Tus), 1-0. 145: Michael North (Wad) p. Alexander Gore (Ole), 3:04; Third: Garrett Anderson (Cla) d. Michael Gray (Ste), 6-2. 152: Jason Hubbard (Ste) m.d. Jax Leonard (Lou), 10-0; Third: Cameron Riggenbach (Wad) d. Justin West (CVCA), 2-1. 160: Jaden Mattox (CC) d. Gerrit Nijenhuis (C-M), 8-4; Third: John Nash (WP) d. Brandon Daniels (Car), 6-3. 170: Cole Hivnor (LC) d. Luke Reicosky (Hoo), 4-3; Third: Tyler Tolarchyk (Jac) d. Kaleb Simpkins (WP), 4-2. 182: Joey Baughman (Wad) d. Zane Lanham (Hun), 8-3; Third: Lennox Wolak (DC) p. Jacob Week (Cla), :28. 195: Vic Marcelli (Jac) m.d. Dylan Rogers (DY), 4-1; Third: Ben Smith (Hoo) d. Jake Loar (Tus), 7-2. 220: B.J. Haynes (Rip) d. Clay McComas (Wad), 2-1, 3OT; Third: Breslin Walker (CVCA) d. Dylan Wood (WP), 5-2. 285: Jordan Earnest (Wad) p. Tyler Ely (Ste), 1:15; Third: Brayden Phillips (Tus) p. Michael Mather (Lak), 3:56.