Lakeside's Wannett motivated to keep working after earning state ranking

Lakeside's Ethan Wannett, facing, works with Dragon teammate Darian Cowles during the first day of official wrestling practice in November of 2018.

For Ethan Wannett, picking up some state-wide recognition is nice, but Lakeside’s 126-pound weight class representative also knows he has to keep working if he wants to get where he wants to go this season.

Wannett, a senior, broke into the state rankings last week, landing 29th in Ohio for Division I among those in his weight class.

“It’s nice,” he said of the recognition. “But, I just have to keep working and improving.”

At 19-6 on the campaign, Wannett is looking to improve upon a season that saw him win three matches at the Division I Mentor District tournament last March; setting up a go-to match against Case George of Ashland.

Wannett looked good early in the match, but George caught him in what wrestlers refer to as a “spradle,” a pinning combination that can be deadly if caught in.

It was for Wannett, as he was pinned and denied a chance to compete in the state tournament.

“I think about it everyday,” he said of coming up a match shy last year. “It pushes me to keep working harder everyday.”

That hard work paid off last week in a 4-0 nothing win over Jared Biller of Edgewood in a dual match at Lakeside.

A couple of guys who are no strangers on the mat and off, Wannett kept Biller down for the entire second period to keep the bout tied 0-0, setting himself up a chance to score in the third.

“That’s where the endurance kicks in,” he said of being able to ride out the two minutes when he needed it.

“I’ve gotten a lot better since last year,” he continued. “I’ve worked hard on my top position and neutral. I’m ready to move onto the next level.”

Lakeside coach Andrew Horvath believes Wannett is as well, and getting recognized by Borofan should give him a confidence boost.

“I think he’s top 16 in the state,” Horvath said. “I think he’s gonna wrestle in Columbus. He’s lost a couple of matches that maybe he shouldn’t have and that’s hurt his rankings.”

Like Wannett, though, the coach knows rankings do not mean anything until it’s proven on the mat.

“Rankings are nice and it’s a confidence boost,” Horvath said. “But we gotta put in on paper.”

Lakeside will be hosting Geneva on Thursday night.

Other area wrestlers that show up on are as follows.

Wannett’s mat mate, Jacob Lagoa, is No. 3 at 170.

In Division II, Geneva’s Johnny Wayslaw is 23rd at 132 pounds, Jesse McElroy is 17th at 138, Brandon Thomas is 13th at 195 and Charles Taylor is 12th at 220. 

Wayslaw will be going for the Eagles all-time win record the next time he steps on the mat.

In Division III, St. John’s Ethan Ducca is No. 1 for 182 and Ryan Elrod is No. 2 at 285. Jake Edelman, of Pymatuning Valley, is 14th at 126, and Conneaut freshman Amari Bowers is 24th at 126; the only ninth grader on the list.

In the American Women’s Wrestling rankings, Lakeside’s Adrianna Hutson is fourth in Ohio at 131 and Sophia Novak is seventh at 189.

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