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Ripon High wrestler Smith’s mettle earned him medal & honors

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POSTED March 30, 2013 2:28 a.m.

Trevor Smith had been here before, caught between disappointment and opportunity.

In 2012, the Ripon wrestler lost his first match of the CIF State Championships in the semifinal round and never recovered, slipping to a sixth-place medal.

He was a victim of The Semi Slide.

Faced with a similar situation earlier this month, The Bulletin’s Boys Wrestler of the Year made sure his semifinal loss was his only loss.

“It was pretty much remembering what happened last year at state and making sure it didn’t happen again,” Smith said. “After that happened once, you don’t want it to happen again.

“For me, it was redemption: ‘OK, I’m not letting this happen twice in a lifetime.’ ”

Smith won his final two matches at state to become the area’s only state placer and the most decorated wrestler in Ripon High history.

For the complete story, including the All-Area boys wrestling team, see METTLE OF HONOR.

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