A Tale of Two Captains

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To be a wrestler, "you must work so hard mentally and physically. It's a grinding, grueling sport. That lends to people being passionate (about it)," Granville coach Marvin Bright said while preparing for the Granville Invitational two days away. "When you are out on the mat, you're alone. If you lose, there is no one to point the finger at."

And this is why Granville's two captains, lone senior Christian Price and sophomore Luke Mendicino, work so hard at the sport.

Price, a state qualifier in 2014 at 138 pounds, has come back this season focused and determined at 152. "My top goal is to be a state champion," he said. "I love the sport and I love winning. It's about the journey to get to the goal, and all the hard work put in to accomplish goal." He does wrestling clubs and open mats a couple nights a week after practicing with his team. He was a silver medalist during the summer at the Junior Olympics.

Mendicino has been wrestling since he was 4 and is at 132 pounds.

"It's a lifestyle," he says. "You have to put your whole mind and body in it. It stays with you your whole life. You learn discipline and work ethic." Mendicino has one other advantage. His father, who was also a wrestler, is an assistant coach for the Blue Aces. "I kind of like it," Luke said. "I have him at home if I have extra questions or need help. Sometimes we butt heads though." But Luke agreed it gave him a little extra edge.

The season looks promising for both team captains. Price went undefeated in the Granville Invitational, with four pins in five matches, and Mendicino lost only his last match to a wrestler in a weight class above him
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