Greenfield Middle School’s Kade Rawlins finished in sixth place at the Ohio Athletic Committee Junior High Wrestling Championship over the weekend at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, according to McClain High School wrestling coach Shane Paul.
In junior high, there is only one division with eight districts. Six wrestlers qualify for the state tournament from each district, equaling a 48-man double-elimination bracket. The top eight wrestlers in each weight class become All-State wrestlers.
Rawlins entered the state tournament with a 32-0 record and finished as Greenfield Middle School’s first-ever state placer. Rawlins pinned Adam Abuaun of Westlake in the second period of round one, then won again by pin in the second round, this time in the third period over Christain Sweeten of Edgewood.
Rawlins advanced to quartferfinals Sunday and squared off against Jarrett Burress of Minerva. Rawlins won a close 4-3 decision after getting a takedown and rideout in the last period, advancing to the semifinal round against Nathan Barnett of Bucyrus. Rawlins lost the match in overtime 6-4, narrowly falling short of the state finals.
Dropping down to the wrestlebacks, Rawlins lost another close decision at 5-2 to Chase Cottrell of Grand Valley. In the final placement match, Rawlins finished in sixth place with a loss to Ryan Musgrove of Massillon-Perry. Rawlins finished 3-3 at the state tournament and 35-3 for the season.
“Kade will move on to McClain High School next year and will make a great addition to a very good group of underclassmen on the varsity squad,” Paul said.