The Canfield High School wrestling team played host to some of the top teams in the nation at the Canfield Holiday Duals. Three days after defeating Poland in a 54-24 victory, the Cardinals welcomed perennial OHSAA wrestling power St. Paris Graham and three-time Michigan state champion Richmond High School, along with Revere, Rootstown and Southeast. The six teams faced off in a team “round robin” format on three mats.
Canfield opened the day with a 52-15 defeat of Ravenna Southeast and then beat Rootstown 42-24 in the next match. The Card’s third match of the day was versus a Richmond team that won state titles in Michigan in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and were state runners-up in the previous year. The Cards had a 30-25 lead heading into the final match, but Richmond was able to get a fall for a 31-30 victory.
In their fourth match, the Cardinals faced a St. Paris Graham team that has won the last 13 division two state championships. Graham, currently ranked third nationally, lost only one match en route to a 67-4 victory. Jacob Esarco brought home a victory in the 220 pound weight class. In the final match, the home team put on a display of grappling on their way to 67-12 win over Richfield Revere. The win improved the Cardinal’s record to 9 and 2 for the season. Individuals standouts for the Cardinals were Esarco at 5-0 on the day, while Korey Frost, Georgio Poullas, Stephen Daprile, Bryan Batton and Stan Socha all finished 4 and 1.