COLUMBUS — Boardman’s Michael O’Horo and Austintown Fitch’s Gus Sutton entered the state wrestling tournament with one goal in mind: win a state championship.
When that goal was taken from the two seniors, the reality of losing a dream was devastating, and it left them with two options.
The first was to appreciate the career they had but to basically pack it in and succumb to simply being a state qualifier. The second, more difficult approach, was to battle, fight, scrap and claw for every single second they had left in their careers.
A quick look at the two wrestlers’ battered faces showed which response each had chosen.
Sutton battled back through the consolation bracket and placed third at 138 pounds in Division I, while O’Horo did much of the same, taking fifth at 170 pounds in Division I. Both wrestled at a level they had never reached before and ended their careers with a victory.
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.