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    North’s Ethan Smith wins KIT title

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    North senior Ethan Smith claimed an individual title in leading the Rangers to an 11th place finish at the 56th Annual Kenston Invitational Tournament on Wednesday.

    Smith was one of five Rangers who earned a spot on the podium.

    “I was satisfied with how I performed and how it turned out,” said Smith. “It was my first tournament all year and I only practiced one day in two weeks prior to that tournament.”

    Smith transferred to North from Lake Catholic where he was 81-10 and a two-time state qualifier over the past two seasons.

    He made quite an impression in his Ranger debut.

    Smith recorded a technical fall, a pin, and a major decision in winning the 157-pound bracket with a 4-0 record.

    He recorded a 10-2 major decision over Rootstown’s Cody Coontz, a Division III state qualifier last season.

    “I knew that my stamina might have come to be a problem in the tournament, so I focused on my breathing a lot during my matches making sure my warmup was really good,” Smith said.

    With one tournament win under his belt, Smith is eager to put in the work in order to make a return trip to the state tournament later this winter.

    “Good start for the year (and to) get back to the tournaments because last year was basically all duals,” he said. “I know I still have my skill and I have things to work on from here on out. I can only get better.”

    Nick Beck finished fourth at 215 pounds but he did the hard way after dropping his first match of the tournament. He bounced back from that 7-5 loss with five straight pins before falling to South’s Dom Vittori in the third-place bout, 8-6.

    Joey Nowosielski was 3-3 on his way to a sixth-place finish at 150 pounds and Drake Martinez and Derick Martinez both went 3-2 in finishing seventh at 120 and 138 pounds, respectively.

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, 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 IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com 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.
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