Independence’s Josh Stasek signs with JCU

Josh Stasek

Josh Stasek has some unfinished business to tend to on the wrestling mat.

After signing with John Carroll University last week, he’ll get the chance to redeem himself for falling short of his goal of reaching the Ohio High School Athletic Association state wrestling championships.

“I was satisfied with reaching 100 wins, winning conference and sectional (titles), but I wasn’t satisfied with how it ended, so I’m going into college looking for some redemption,” said Stasek, who reached 101 wins in his Independence career. “Everything that coach (Ken) DeAngelis taught me about hard work is going to be very important to be successful in college.”

Stasek, who was named first team All-Chagrin Valley Conference and qualified for the district wrestling tournament three times, finished 17-19 as a sophomore and went on to win 48 matches as a senior.

The development and growth he showed on the mat is the result of the work he put into improving as a wrestler.

“Josh is a testament to what hard work will do for you,” DeAngelis said. “He started wrestling in the eighth grade and put in a lot of hard work to become one of the better heavyweights in the state. John Carroll is getting a great young man. His best wrestling is still ahead of him. I’m so proud of him and I thoroughly enjoyed coaching him.”

JCU head coach Mark Hawald recruited Stasek to compete for the Blue Streaks and Stasek set some lofty goals for himself.

“I’m very happy for the opportunity to continue wrestling for another four years,” Stasek said. “My goal is to be an All-American.”

Stasek plans to study biology in college.

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The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.