Midview wrestling fans might have trouble picking Trever Begin out of the lineup this season. That’s because the senior has moved up by three weight classes and 30 pounds.
After filling the Middies’ 152-pound spot the last two seasons, which included a pair of trips to the Division I district tournament and a state alternate finish last year, Begin is almost unrecognizable with the extra mass and muscles he’s developed over the last nine months.
“I just decided that the whole weight-cutting thing was getting old,” Begin said. “I wasn’t really having fun in the room. I decided to start lifting, gaining as much muscle as I could and start having fun.
“Right after the season ended last year I started working out a lot for football, but I decided to just keep working out and getting bigger and bigger. Instead of cutting, I’ve just been lifting a lot.”
Begin no longer needed to rely just on speed and technique to dominate at his linebacker position, he now had size and power mixed in to create an overwhelming combination.
The bigger, badder Begin was a sight to behold.
“I was like, ‘Geez oh man, Trever’s been hitting the weights,’” Midview wrestling coach Shawn Bristow said. “After he lost last year he started working out two or three times a day. He’s going crazy. He’s hitting the weights, he’s running, he’s doing camps. I know he wanted to be bigger for football, but his true passion is wrestling. He’s a freaking beast.”
Begin said he’s maintained his quickness while adding strength — a blend that has him anticipating big things on the mat for his senior year.
Begin and fellow senior Seth Frambach, who was a Division I state qualifier last season, have been drill partners for the past two seasons, but the matchup is more effective now that the two are within a weight class of each other.
“It’s a lot better than when I was weighing 150 and drilling with our 180 … we can definitely go a lot harder with each other now,” Begin said.
That’s good news since the body transformation has led to the loss of another drill partner.
“I’m old but I still roll around a little bit, and I can’t even wrestle him anymore,” said Bristow, who won a state title in 1996 while at Avon Lake. “He’s too big and strong for me. He’s an animal.
“He’s really fast. He took all the speed he had at 152 and brought it up with him to 182. So he’s still super quick, he’s strong as an ox and he’s technical. He’s great on top, he’s good on the bottom and he’s getting way better on his feet.”
Begin began wrestling in the fourth grade and really took the sport seriously after he, Frambach and fellow senior Jacob Snider advanced to the middle school state tournament, with Begin and Snider placing at the event.
The trio also helped elevate the middle school team.
“I remember (Begin) at middle school and I went down to the state duals and they almost won it, and a lot of it had to do with him,” Bristow said. “I think he won all his matches in the state duals and I think they ended up in third place.”
It’s what the seniors are hoping they can do again this season. Begin wants to break through and earn a trip to the state tournament, but he’s also hoping for the program to shine along the way.
“It’s definitely more fun when you have a bunch of guys around you that want to compete and want to do just as good as you do,” he said. “It motivates you to work harder, you all push each other harder and you go further with everyone wanting the same thing.”
The postseason is still months away, but Begin feels pretty good about his new physique so far. He was able to debut it at the Solon Comet Classic last weekend and he dominated accordingly. In the final, it was Begin, ranked No. 9 in the state by Intermat, against Barberton’s Gary Wokojance, ranked No. 7.
Wokojance won the match 6-2, but Begin wasn’t discouraged after the loss.
“I felt a lot quicker than a lot of guys that I wrestled,” he said. “Even in my finals match, I ended up losing but I got in on all my shots. But he was just a funky wrestler so I have some things to work on. I feel a lot stronger than everyone else I’ve wrestled at this weight class.
“I’m striving to get down to Columbus, and not only make it but I want to place. I think I can get that done this year.”
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