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No. 26 recruit Squire commits to Ohio University

Kevin Schlosser

10/11/2011
Kevin Schlosser, BuckeyeWrestling.com
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The Ohio University wrestling program took another step forward on Sunday night when the coaches secured the verbal commitment of Wadsworth senior Kagan Squire. A three-time state place winner for the Grizzlies, Squire will sign his NLI in November, has his sights sets on a state championship in March, and plans on arriving in Athens next summer. Kagan is the 26th-ranked senior in the InterMat Top 100 and he finished his junior year ranked ninth at 125 pounds.

"The Bobcats are a rising program, they are trying to build something great, and that is something I want to be part of," stated Squire over the phone on Monday night. "Ohio is a great school for wrestling and academics and together that is a great combination for me."

Kagan Squire is ranked as the No. 26 recruit in the country (Photo/Bob Tuneberg, BuckeyeWrestling.com)
Kagan has a 3.5 accumulative GPA and scored a 25 the first time he took his ACT. He selected Ohio University over Army, Michigan State, and Appalachian State. One thing Ohio had that the other schools didn't, Brad Squire.

"Having my brother (Brad) at OU definitely helped the Bobcats, but after looking around I think I made a great decision and I am excited to be a Bobcat," explained Kagan. "He would have supported me whatever my decision was. At the same time I think it is a special opportunity to be on the same team with him again."

A current sophomore at Ohio, Brad went 134-12 as a four-time state place winner and a two-time state champion at Wadsworth. Both Squires were integral parts of the 2010 State Championship team that ended Lakewood St Edward's run of thirteen consecutive Division I state championships.

With an older brother that was hammer, Kagan started high school with expectations and has not disappointed with a 134-15, career record in three years in the varsity lineup. As a freshman he went 44-8 and placed third at 112 pounds, as a sophomore he finished 40-4 taking second at 119, and as a junior he improved to 50-3 and placed second at 125 pounds.

"The goal this season is to win an individual state title at 132 pounds," offered the high school senior. "As a team we should have a pretty tough so we want to challenge for one of the top five spots at state."

Kagan Squire will take a 134-15 record into his senior season (Photo/Kevin Schlosser, BuckeyeWrestling.com)
Kagan projects as a 133-141 at Ohio University while Brad is expected to continue competing at 149 pounds creating a potential one-two punch of Squires for at least two years. When asked if he wanted to wrestle or redshirt as a true freshman, Kagan seems open to whatever the OU coaches think is best.

"I'm not worried about next year in college when I still have goals to accomplish as a high school senior. Right now it isn't an issue if I redshirt or wrestle as a freshman, that is something that will sort itself out when I get in the room and see where I am at next fall." stated Kagan.

A year-round wrestler, Squire is also a two-time Cadet Ohio state freestyle champion and the 2009 Cadet National champion. He hasn't been to Fargo the last two years, but he has wrestled at a number of Junior level tournaments with his only loss coming to Mark Grey at the 2011 Junior Duals.

"Freestyle is fun and it is something different to do when you are not wrestling for the school," responded Kagan when asked about his success in the Olympic style. "In college I will probably wrestle Juniors or Universities, but I need to focus on making the adjustment to college wrestling and classes before I look too far ahead."

With his focus on the present, Squire hasn't forgotten his past or turned a blind eye towards the future.

"I would like to thank my coaches, teammates, friends, teachers, and family for being there for me over the years. Their support and guidance have meant a lot to me as a wrestler, a student, a friend, a brother, a son, everything ... They have helped me to become the person I am today and to get the opportunities I have in the future so it is up to me to continue making them proud," concluded Kagan.

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