Canfield's Korey Frost headed to Columbus last week to challenge for the state wrestling title in the 113-pound weight class. It was the sophomore's first trip to state on the high school level, but not overall.
"I went to state in middle school as an eighth-grader," Frost said. "I ended up placing seventh."
Frost said he has always loved wrestling. He began his career while in kindergarten by playing in the Canfield Youth Wrestling program. He progressed through the grade levels into the middle school program. In the eighth grade he went to a middle school state championship and placed seventh in his class.
Canfield sophomore wrestler Korey Frost headed to Columbus last week to challenge for the state title in the 113-pound class after finishing fourth at districts.
"The high school tournament is a lot different than middle school," Frost said. "The competitors are much more skilled and better."
He realizes he is a young competitor as does Canfield head coach Dean Conley.
"He works hard," the coach said. "He puts himself in the position to do well."
Conley dealt with a young team this year. In fact, the Canfield team had no seniors on board. As for Frost, he is among the young members of the team and has two more years to return to state before graduating.
To get to this week's state tournament, Frost posted a record of 31-4 to end up fourth at the district tournament. Only the top four head to state. At the state competition, Frost fell to Eli Seipe of St. Paris Graham Local to be placed in round one of the consolation matches. There he fell to Joey Miller of Carrolton to end his week at the state tournament. The tournament and season was not a disappointment to Conley though.
"I'm very pleased with how we wrestled [this season]," he said. "On one hand, we're cursed by geography, as we have a very tough sectional and district. On the other hand, if you want to be good, you have to compete against the best student-athletes in the state to be the best."