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Wrestling: Baron groomed for success
By Bryan Sullivan, staff writer | Messenger Post | Posted Mar 22, 2012

Pittsford, N.Y. — One day during a practice in the Pittsford wrestling room, head coach Jason Bovenzi took one look at eighth grader Brady Baron, turned to former Panther stand out Kyle Borshoff and said “that is our next state champion.”
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Pittsford's Brady Baron (right) shakes hands with Hilton's Anthony Deprez after defeating him in the finals at Super Sectionals last month at RIT.

“His natural ability was so far ahead of other athletes,” Bovenzi said about Baron. “You could tell he was going to get better by leaps and bounds.”

Baron fell one point short of a state title. It may have been the only accomplishment lacking in what turned into a stellar career.

The Pittsford Mendon senior earned three Section 5 titles and qualified for the state meet twice. He is hoping to continue his wrestling career at either UB or RIT.

“I felt better overall, stronger and faster,” Baron said about his senior season. “I feel like I progressively got better as the season went on.”

Baron started his final high school season at 126 pounds but moved down to 122 halfway through the year. How tough was Baron this year? He was only taken down twice the whole season.
Brady Baron
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Pittsford Mendon senior Brady Baron (right) finished second at 122 pounds in the state tournament last month in Albany.

He saved his best for the postseason, when he dominated the competition to claim first place at the Monroe County and Section 5 Class AA championships.

After winning the super sectional title for the automatic berth to states, Baron began his preparation for the state meet. The key for the lightweight: not to get overwhelmed by the moment, which cost him during his trip as a junior.

Baron made an immediate impact winning his first match by pin at 1:52. He cruised to wins by major decision and another pin to reach the finals against Sean McCabe of Connetquot (Section 11).

Baron came out on the short end of a 3-2 decision against McCabe.

“It was a familiar experience, so it was a lot of fun,” Baron said. I knew a lot of the guys from Section 5 and they helped me stay calm. I felt really confident going in and I think that showed.”

Baron groomed himself for success in wrestling at a young age. He started working with the Pittsford Youth program at seven-years-old.

He credits his father Gary, who wrestled scholastically for Brighton, for playing an integral role in his success.

“He worked so hard, in all aspects of wrestling, to be the best,” Gary Baron said. “You could just tell when you watch him wrestle, he gives it his all. He doesn’t leave anything on the mat.”

Baron first caught the eye of Pittsford coaches in the sixth grade when he would come to intramurals after school. Two years later, he was competing on the Panthers varsity squad.

Baron admitted to being a bit overmatched as an eigth grader, as he not only gave up experience to opponents but plenty of size as well. The offseason from his eighth grade to his freshman year may have been the most imporant of his career as he got his strength back and gained more confidence.

He would win his first sectional title during his freshman year when he won the 112-pound title in Class AA. Two years later Baron won another sectional title, this time at 119. “Once he won (sectionals) you could tell that gave him the confidence he needed,” Bovenzi said. “Pretty soon he wasn’t just thinking about sectional titles but getting to states.”
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