COLUMBUS — Things went as well as expected for the Canfield wrestling trio at the OHSAA wrestling state championships. Not so much for Girard’s Jack DelGarbino.
The hardest part for the Cardinals may have been when Anthony D’Alesio struggled to take off his warm-up. He didn’t unzip his hooded sweatshirt far enough, and it got caught on his head seconds before his match started. Canfield coach Steve Pitts had to help him pull it off the rest of the way.
Everything else went smoothly from there.
D’Alesio, Nick Crawford and Tyler Stein thoroughly dominated the competition, in succession, with each winning handily. The three-headed attack set a school record with their three state titles at 182, 195 and 220 pounds.
“They made it easy on me,” Pitts said. “After the first one, my nerves calmed down, so that was good. Tremendous effort by those guys. Unbelievable. Who would’ve thought a closed-enrollment public school from Youngstown was going to have three state wrestling champs? Credit to our kids for all their efforts.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.