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Prep Profile: Kenston wrestler Tre Smith

11:57 AM, Feb 21, 2011   |    comments
Kenston senior wrestler Tre Smith / Photo courtesy Kenston wrestling coach Brian Malloy
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  • The 125-pound senior wrestler is a two-time state qualifier who has compiled more than 120 wins in his four-year high school athletic career.

    Last season, Smith finished runner-up wrestling in his current weight class at the Walsh Jesuit Sectional Tournament and Division II Northeast District Tournament before placing fifth at the state tournament.

    This season, the prep star has experienced similar success, placing second at the Solon Comet Classic and Kenston Invitational Tournament. Smith helped the Bombers win the Chagrin Valley Conference wrestling tournament for the second year in a row by winning the 125-pound title.

    While Smith - who was also a member of Kenston's football team and lettered in track last season -  appreciates the recognition he's received from his accomplishments on the mat, the three-sport athlete doesn't let sports consume him.

    When Smith's not in class or competing in an athletic competition, he's preparing for a career in public safety by serving as a junior firefighter with the Bainbridge Township Fire Department.

    On the job, the high school senior is learning the trade while simultaneously bettering others' lives.

    Smith recently answered questions about his high school wrestling career for WKYC's HighSchoolSports.net.

    WKYC's HighSchoolSports.net: What are your goals for the final few weeks of the high school wrestling season?

    Kenston senior wrestler Tre Smith: Win sectionals, districts and state.

    WKYC: What makes the sport of wrestling great?

    Smith: The hype and winning matches.

    WKYC: What is the best part of being a high school student-athlete?

    Smith: Just hanging around the high school, and people you don't know knowing you.

    WKYC: What has been the highlight of your high school athletic career thus far?

    Smith: Placing at the Ohio high school state wrestling tournament.

    WKYC: Who is your greatest athletic influence?

    Smith: Kyle Maynard, Cael Sanderson and, of course, (Kenston wresting) Coach (Brian) Malloy.

    WKYC: What are some of your favorite things to do in your spare time?

    Smith: Shoot skeet, hunt, fish and hang out with friends.

    WKYC: Who are three people (dead or alive) you'd invite to dinner?

    Smith: My best friends Aaron and Ronnie, my coaches, guys at the fire department and, of course, my family.

    WKYC: What is your role as a junior firefighter with the Bainbridge Township Fire Department?

    Smith: I can go on calls and help out when they need me, but I'm not allowed to go into a burning building until (the fire) is completely out.

    WKYC: What is your greatest non-athletic accomplishment?

    Smith: I helped a kid keep his leg when it was nearly severed.

    WKYC: What are your career aspirations?

    Smith: (Be a) full-time K-9 police (officer) and part-time firefighter.

    Do you know a Northeast Ohio high school athletic team, student-athlete or coach you'd like to see featured on WKYC's HighSchoolSports.net Web page? Send an e-mail to vdorsey[at]wkyc.com.

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