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State champions honored at Council meeting
May 8, 2019

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Family, friends and team mates gathered at last week's Canfield City Council meeting to help honor Canfield High School's three state wrestling champions. Tyler Stein, Nick Crawford, and Anthony D'Alesio were each given a proclamation from Mayor Richard Duffett and then the three got to see their names on signs that will be installed at each main route into the city.

"We are Canfield, the City that Cares," Duffett said. "We may want a proclamation that says Canfield, City of Champions."

Each of the three wrestlers was read a proclamation that contained their accomplishments over their athletic careers.

Stein had earned the state title this year in the 220-pound division, which was not his first title. He was state champion in 2018 and was named first team All-Conference. He also earned the League, Sectional and District championships on his road to the state tournament.

Stein posted a career record of 145-19 and a seasonal record this year of 45-2. He won the Brecksville Holiday Tournament and had placed in the prestigious Walsh Ironman Tournament. Stein has been awarded a wrestling scholarship from The Ohio State Buckeyes. He was also captain of the Canfield Football Team where he was a three-year starter.

Crawford, a junior, brought home the state title in the 195-pound division this year. Boasting a season record of 40-2 and a career record of 104-12, Crawford was a two-year starter on the Canfield Football Team and earned First Team All-American Conference, All-American honors at the National High School Coaches Association Tournament, League Champ, Sectional Champ, and District Champ en route to his state title.

"Nick defeated the number one ranked wrestler in his weight class with just one second remaining in overtime during the state semi-final match," Duffett said. "It has been described as one of the greatest wins in Canfield history."

D'Alesio earned his state title in the 182-pound division after finishing the season at 31-3 and 101-16 for his career record. He too is a junior and has been named First Team All-American Conference as well as League, Sectional, and District titles en route to the state.

He placed fourth at the prestigious Walsh Ironman National Wrestling Tournament and is also an outstanding football player and two-year starter. He was named First Team All-Conference in football.

To further showcase the success of the three state champs, City Manager Wade Calhoun unveiled four signs that will be placed on each main route into the city. The signs have the names of state wrestling champions. Joining Stein, D'Alesio and Crawford is the 2018 championship for Stein, the 2017 and 2018 state title for David Crawford, and the 2016 state title for Georgio Poullas.

On behalf of the Canfield Fourth of July committee, representatives Enid Maldonado and Clare Neff extended a special invitation to the three athletes.

"We would like you to be a part of our Fourth of July Parade," Maldonado said. "Come ride in a convertible on the Fourth."

In other business:

Councilwoman Christine Oliver said she received a text stating the new Canfield McDonalds would have a grand reopening on June 12.

Council approved the purchase of a 2019 Ford F-250 4x4 pickup truck at a cost not to exceed $30,500.

Council approved moving to one meeting for the months of July and August. The July meeting will be on the 17th and the August meeting on the 21st. Both dates are Wednesdays.

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