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Former Roughrider takes second in Tennessee

By GERARD SCHNEIDER • Mar 1, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Zach Schlessman has seemed destined for big things since the day he was born.

After growing up in the area, Zach has become a high school wrestling standout in the state of Tennessee.

Zach moved to Tennessee after his freshman year at Western Reserve High School. He ended up at Greenbrier High School, a wrestling powerhouse in A-AA, which is the equivalent of Division II in Ohio.

After an exciting freshmen wrestling season in Ohio, Zach qualified at heavyweight for the state tournament in his first season at Greenbrier. As a sophomore, Schlessman was one win away from placing in the tourney. This year, as junior, he was 41-11 overall and finished second in the state tournament. Zach’s loss in the state final was to Samson Evans. Evans is the 15th four-time state champion in Tennessee history and currently is ranked No. 9 in the nation by Intermat.

“We couldn’t be more proud of him,” said his mother Julie. “It’s been a fun ride. He’s got the heart of a wrestler. I don’t know if it just comes natural to him.”

Wrestling is in the bloodline as Schlessman’s Uncle Dave Rospert was a Div. III heavyweight state champion for St. Paul in 1989 and is his biggest inspiration as they are both standouts from the same weight class.

“My uncle and my family got me into wrestling,” said Zach. “My family is the thing I miss most about Ohio. Anytime we can, we try and make it back.”

Zach’s Cousin Kevin Rospert also wrestled for the Flyers and graduated in 2012.

Wrestling as a Roughrider, Zach had a great time and only learned the difficulties of buckeye grappling once he left the state.

“Wrestling in Ohio is a little more intense,” said Schlessman. “In Tennessee we only have regionals, and then state.”

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