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Edison's Adams reaches state title match, St. Paul's Cam Caizzo will place

By KEVIN SHIELDS • Updated Mar 9, 2019 at 1:25 AM

COLUMBUS — Ray Adams is like a cat with nine lives.

Nearly pinned in his opening match Thursday, the Edison senior battled through his first two matches, then saved his best for the Friday’s semifinal round.

Facing freshman Camron Lacure of Xenia Legacy Christian Academy, Adams, a senior, showed what experience can do, earning an 8-4 win in the Division III, 120-pound semifinals to become Edison’s 22nd state finalist on Day 2 of the individual state wrestling tournament.

“It’s incredible, especially since it’s my senior year,” said Adams, who has 205 career wins, surpassing Kyle Burns (203) for fourth all-time for career wins for program history. “I didn’t think it was going to happen sometimes because I got beat by two guys already in my weight class. But I saw what Lacure did to (Eastwood’s Brandon Hahn) in the quarters, and he dominated. I knew it was going to be tough.

“But I went out with my game plan and executed it just fine.”

Edison, fourth in Div. III with 61 points, also saw freshman Alec Homan (106) and returning state champion Casey Barnett (113) advance to the finals. However, Homan (51-10) lost 6-3 to Eastwood’s Gavin Owens while Barnett (59-2) was upset 12-6 by Miami East freshman Max Shore (46-3).

Adams, a two-time state placer, was fourth at 113 as a junior and seventh at 106 as a sophomore.

“I think I’m more experienced down here, and I thought my ability to scramble would help me,” he said. “I have to give a big shoutout to Casey (Barnett) for helping me. Me drilling with him everyday is huge help.”

Up 3-1 heading into the third, Adams ran his lead up to 8-1, then held on at the end, despite giving up a late two-pointer.

“Of all the kids that deserve it, it’s him,” said Chargers coach Davy Hermes of Adams. “He’s busted his butt for four years and does everything you ask him to do. At the end of the day, those are the kids in this sport that you want to see be rewarded.

“Going into the semifinals, I think he had the tallest task of our three guys, but he showed up and probably wrestled the best match he’s ever wrestled,” he added.

Genoa’s Oscar Sanchez (46-4) — a two-time state finalist and state champion in 2017 — awaits Adams in tonight’s finals. Not bad for a guy that was third in his district after not being ranked to not even make it out.

“I want the final upset of my career to happen tomorrow night,” Adams said. “I’ve wrestled Oscar too much I think. I lost to him 8-3 this year, I think we can put something together that gives me the best chance to win.”

“He’s our Junkyard Dog for a reason,” Hermes said. “You look at our semifinal matches, he got tough and the other two didn’t. We got beat in the other two matches by kids that outworked us. Ray will never lose because he gets outworked.”

Barnett led 5-2 in his semifinal, then didn’t score a point the rest of the match. Homan scored all his points at the end when it was too little too late.

“Max was a freshman that was out there letting it rip for six minutes on Casey,” Hermes said. “Alec Homan had a great tournament having never placed in a junior high event, but it is what it is. Those guys got to bounce back now and place as high as they can get on the podium.”

Also wrestling for places 3-6 this morning will be senior Jordan Keegan (56-9) and junior Jacob Brewer (42-4). Keegan won 14-3 in consolation round two, then was an 8-1 winner in the consolation quarterfinals. Brewer pinned his way to two wins after falling in the quarterfinals by a 5-2 decision to Martins Ferry’s Drake Dobson.

St. Paul's Cam Caizzo lost by tech fall in the quarterfinals, then bounced back with a 2-1 sudden victory in his match to place. He lost by pin in the consolation quarterfinal and will wrestle for seventh.

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