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NCS students win grade school state championships

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Mar 26, 2018 at 10:23 PM

YOUNGSTOWN — Two local Norwalk boys stood atop the podium on Sunday.

Casper Caizzo, a sixth-grader at Norwalk Catholic School, and Cohen Reer, a first-grader at NCS, won individual OAC Grade School wrestling state championships at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown.

Caizzo claimed his fourth state title by winning the 32-wrestler field in the 70-pound weight class. He won five matches over the two-day tournament to claim his gold medal.

He opened with a 12-0 major decision and a pin in just 36 seconds to reach the quarterfinals, where he posted a 5-1 decision.

In the semifinals, Caizzo again won by decision (6-1) to reach the championship match, where he faced Elijah Campbell.

There was little offense as the two consistently defended and locked up, but it was Caizzo scoring an escape point he made stand in a 1-0 victory.

The championship win was Cairo’s fourth OAC state title, and the week prior he went to the Junior High state championships and placed third.

Reer, 7, also won five matches over the two-day tournament to claim his gold medal.

Wrestling in the Div. II 50-pound weight class with 31 wrestlers total, Reer opened with a pair of pins in 2:25 and 4:22 to reach the quarterfinals, where he posted a 6-0 decision.

In the semifinals, Reer moved on with a 13-4 major decision win for a spot in the championship.

Facing Bradley Bauman, the two wrestlers locked up for nearly three full scoreless periods. Reer narrowly missed getting an escape point in the second, but made his move with under 20 seconds remaining in the match.

He caught Bauman at the edge of the mat, and was able to turn him for two points before the two went out of bounds. Needing to hold off for just six seconds, Reer was able to do so to win his second state title.

A year ago, Reer also won the 50-pound state title.

Also from NCS on Sunday, third-grader Rafael Gross placed third in the 85-pound weight class, while fourth-grader Xander Gfell-King went 3-2 in five matches at 68 pounds.

The four wrestlers all train and practice at the Burnett-Trained Wrestling club in Milan.

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