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Fitch four-time state champ to coach Bulldogs

October 10, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The next time Tony Jameson hits the Fitch wrestling mats, it will be on an opposing team as head coach. Jameson has filled a position as head wrestling coach for the Poland Bulldogs.

Jameson was on the top of his game at Fitch and at The Ohio State University. His career lists him as four-time OHSAA State Champion, two-time State Tournament MVP and Super 32 Champion. He was top ranked nationally and also earned a full wrestling scholarship to OSU.

When the position for head coach of the Bulldogs came open, Jameson was quick to reply. He said there was a lot about the program and the athletes that drew him in.

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Former Fitch state wrestling champ Tony Jameson has accepted a position as head wrestling coach in Poland.

"What really made me want to come is that I could see that the kids were hungry to get to the next level," he said in a recent press release.

The Poland program is a club sport. The school district has to approve the coaches and do background checks, but the booster club is the one the pays salaries and purchases equipment. If the wrestling team can maintain community support and continue growing, the school district could one day accept it as a school sport.

According to Poland Mat Club trustee Madeline Pagan, there is an air of excitement around having someone of Jameson's caliber running the program.

"I believe that Poland Wrestling is entering a new era," she said. "With Tony's excitement and passion for this sport I believe that we will get more community support and the program will grow. With growth, we should become an official high school sport."

Although the Poland Team is a club sport, it still competes with local schools such as Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Liberty, Girard, Hubbard, and others.

Pagan said Tony has a very strong vision for Poland. He hopes that within the next five years that Poland Seminary Wrestling will be a household name. He committed to giving all of his passion and efforts to making Poland a wrestling community. At the very least, he hopes to have annual state placers, and he hopes every wrestler is a gentleman who seeks a college education.

 
 

 

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