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Toms River South?s Bryant Clagon (H.M. @ 130) has made an impression in his two years of high school wrestling.

The sophomore finished the season 36-1 and has amassed a career record of 71-6. He has reached the state tournament both years, walking away with medals each time ? seventh at 125 pounds last year and second this winter at 130.

Clagon?s only setback this season came when he fell in the 130-pound state tournament final to Anthony Perrotti (H.M. @ 130) of West Essex, 4-2.

?My season turned out really well,? Clagon said. ?I was upset that I took second but I have two years to win a title. My dad and I went to dinner afterward so we discussed it. I have the chance to make it here next year.?

One thing that is evident about Clagon is how hard he works to be one of the best. A typical day for him starts with a 4 a.m. run, followed by a light workout. After attending school, he hits the practice room for a few hours, then goes for one last workout and lifting session. Clagon knows his hard work will pay off.

?I am pushed in both the gym and workout room,? Clagon said. ?My coaches tell me that if I want to be a champion, I have to train like a champion. I have no doubt in my mind that I will someday be a state wrestling champion.?

For Complete Article by Donald J. Brower, The Star-Ledger