“I’ve known Ray forever, and we’ve seen each other a lot the last few years, too. He use to go to the same club as I did,” Sanchez said. “He knew the stuff I liked and I knew what he was trying to get to out there.”
Saturday, the two seniors closed out their high school careers against each other in the Div. III, 120-pound finals. In the end, it was the experience winning out.
Sanchez, a three-time placer and two-time state champion used three first-period takedowns to defeat Adams — a three-time state placer, making his first finals appearance — 6-2.
All the match’s scoring took place in the opening period.
“He’s really quick and he can score when he needs to,” said Adams of Sanchez’s strengths. “He just gets on and keeps going and going and going. I just couldn’t stop it.”
Adams had two first-period escapes. Towards the end of the period, he looked to have Sanchez caught for a one-leg takedown on the side of the mat, but could never get the Ohio University signee around to finish the move.
“That was definitely a turning point,” said Sanchez, one of six Comets to win a state title Saturday, which included Dylan D’Emilio earning his historic fourth one at 138. “Had he finished that, then gotten up for an escape, he’d of been a takedown away from getting me. I tried to be stingy and not give up anything.”
Over the course of the final two periods, neither of the two could get their offense working.
“I felt like I was getting closer today. That’s a closer match than we had last time,” Adams said. “He didn’t score as much, but I didn’t either.
“He’s a tough kid. He earned it.”
Adams became the 14th different state runners-up in Edison program history with his performance over the weekend. The Chargers have seven state champions all-time.
Genoa blew the doors off the old Div. III meet record, scoring 172 points to earn a second-straight team title.
Edison took for third, tying the program’s record for highest finish with 73 points.
“It’s nice to be part of the team like this, but I don’t even really look at this like a team,” Adams said. “It’s more like a family. We joke around like we’re brothers. We just have a connection that’s hard to break.”