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Streetsboro’s Paes reaches 100-win milestone

Streetsboro’s Paes reaches 100-win milestone


By Tom Nader

Publisher and Editor


Add Donovan Paes to the long list of Streetsboro High School wrestling standouts that have achieved the 100-win milestone.

Paes, a senior, accomplished the feat earlier this season and it simply continued to follow the trajectory that he showed to the coaching staff as an underclassmen.

Streetsboro High School principal Brett McCann (left) and wrestling head coach Josh Zupancic (right) present wrestling standout senior Donovan Paes with a plaque to commemorate his 100th career win. Special to Portage Sports

“Donovan has essentially been a team leader since he was a sophomore,” Streetsboro head coach Josh Zupancic said. “He will do anything you tell him.”

Paes has continued to rack up accomplishments, with a 132-pound championship performance this past weekend at the Alliance Top Gun Tournament as the latest.

He placed seventh overall at last year’s state championship and finished his junior season with a 38-2 record.

“Donovan is not someone you necessarily want to wrestle again even if you ended up beating him,” Zupancic said. “He knows what he does well and tries to get to it. He is also not afraid to try new techniques that we work with him on, so he is also a very intelligent wrestler.”

One that follows a line of standouts in the Rockets’ long list of talented wrestlers.’

“(Reaching the 100-win milestone) certainly puts him in an elite class of wrestlers I have coached at Streetsboro, so I am very happy for him,” Zupancic said. “It also puts him in an elite group with all the many great Streetsboro wrestlers in a proud tradition here.”

The Rockets are prepared to celebrate another standout wrestler this week, with senior Anthony Perez also closing in on his 100th career victory.

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